Resolutions: The 3 Fs of Self Improvement

I may have made it through January but my New Year’s resolutions have not. And I feel like I’m not the only one. (Am I right?) At the beginning of every year I climb on the bandwagon and make a list of resolutions and then soon fall off. Now it’s February and 2018 is looking a lot like 2017. So back on the bandwagon I go. To make my resolutions more attainable, I’m going to categorize and prioritize the three different facets of  life; Fitness, Finances, and Faith. Use the three F’s as they pertain to you to. Below is my *revised* list of attainable goals for 2018 I hope they inspire you to focus on yourself! It’s always the right time for self-improvement.

1. Fitness

The Goal: The  goal is to achieve a more balanced workout regimen that includes cardio, strength, and flexibility training as well as adequate rest and recovery.

The Habit: For each month, create weekly goals for the amount of cardio, strength, and flexibility sessions to complete. An example would be 3 strength workouts, 3 cardio workouts, and 2 flexibility days.

The Truth: The numbers can fluctuate to meet the needs of my short term goals and a changing schedule. For example, if I have a short term goal of running a 10k, I can add in more cardio days to prep for my race related goals. Since this isn’t an extremely rigid goal, it’s more likely that I’ll stick to it. However, being prepared ahead of time for an entire year will take some effort on my part– character building effort. 

2. Finances

The Goal: Create and stick to my monthly budget with the long term goal of paying off my student loans.

The Habit: Continue to monitor my spending via the Mint app by Intuit. And the hard part; use greater discretion when making purchases. (I’m learning that ‘Treat yo self’ is not a healthy mantra to use everyday.)

The Truth: I feel like this is such a simple resolution but it will be one of the hardest ones. As a 20 something college grad, I’m at a point in my life where I am still finding my footing financially. I’m fighting the urge to buy a new car when I still have student loans breathing down my neck. But I love using the Mint app because I can set my budget and see where I’m at throughout the month, get notifications when I’m approaching the limit of a budget, as well as get my credit score every month for free. It has opened my eyes to the importance of being financially aware.

3. Faith

The Goal: Make praying a daily habit to improve strengthen my faith.

The Habit: On top of starting and ending each day with a prayer another habit I plan to start is to write in a prayer journal once a week to summarize my needs/prayers for the week.

The Truth: I’ve had a prayer journal for about a year now, but if I’m being completely honest I haven’t wrote in it for a while. I want to begin regularly writing in my prayer journal for two reasons:

  1. When I’m writing my prayers down, I’m focused on my conversation with God and am more deliberate with my words.
  2. Having a written record allows me to revisit past struggles and joys and see how God responded through me or others in my life.

Never stop looking for ways you can improve. Let me know what your resolutions are for 2018 then go out and make em’ happen!

Photo by: Kristopher Roller on Unsplash

*I am in no way affiliated with Intuit or Mint.

 

 

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