This is the time for New Year Resolutions, a time to focus on new beginnings and endless possibilities. But before you get too far deciding what 2017 will look like ask yourself one question: What's important to me?
Too often we set goals that seem meaningful but we stray from them because we never really connect with them. I recently heard this quote from author and researcher Brene' Brown:
"Be sure your ladder is leaning against the right building."
In other words, don't climb somebody else's ladder of success. You'll get halfway up and realize you don't even want to be in that neighborhood.
In my online nutrition and lifestyle program, I use an exercise called "The Five Whys." It's as simple as it sounds. Before you commit to any goal ask yourself why that goal is important to you...and then ask four more times. If you get stuck and can't find a compelling "why" then maybe your ladder is leaning against the wrong building.
It's okay if your goal is to lose 10 pounds so that you can feel more confident. Just make sure you can make that connection, otherwise the weight loss goal won't be compelling enough to stick with.