Welcome 2018 and welcome…goals?

Goal setting with lululemon

Goal setting with lululemon

New Years Resolutions are to me what running a marathon is to other people – something only those who want to fail do. I have through so much of my adult life believing this. Losing weight, being healthier, quitting smoking – why does everyone want to do all of these on January the 1st at the same time? Aren’t you just setting yourself up to fail?

Of course I am nothing like that. The sure fire way of not throwing away resolutions two weeks’ after setting them is to not set them at all. And with that profound knowledge I have gone years without marking January 1st with anything more than a lie in. But this year (and now that I think of it, maybe a little even last year) my attitude towards those who set resolutions started to change. They deserve my respect because they want to change themselves.
And that takes self-knowledge and determination.
Goal setting with lululemon

Goal setting with lululemon

It also made me wander what I actually wanted to achieve in 2018. Really nothing? What I did know what that I didn’t want an all encompassing goal like ‘getting fit’ or ‘being healthy’. Small and manageable; perfect for me.
That was when I saw lululemon’s #18in18 goal setting campaign – a way of getting people to set achievable goals in 2018. I downloaded their worksheet and started thinking. After a long time of not setting a single goal, how in the world was I going to set 18? In the end it was surprisingly…easy. Some of my goals are deeply personal, but not all of them and those I want to share publicly so I at least try to achieve them.
I want to learn how to drive.
I want to run a sub-50 minute 10k
I want to run a sub-25 minute 5k
I want to fall in love
I want to travel alone
I want to run in a foreign city
Goal setting with lululemon

Goal setting with lululemon

These goals have no pressure on them, and some I have done many times before, but they have given me more focus than I thought they would. Already I am working on running faster, have booked my first holiday for 2018, and am looking into driving lessons and prices in my local area. I am starting to see the appeal of small goals set in the new year. And if I don’t achieve them all I don’t mind; I would like to make a start.
All these wonderful illustrations are by Holly St Clair and you can see them in lululemon stores now!

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