Goals, tasks, nutrition, new, habits, changes, support, guidance, motivation, passion, time, patience
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New Year. New Goals

During the holidays I took a break from social media, my job and all my administrative issues. I wanted to spend quality time with my husband, daughter, relatives and friends. I also needed that time for myself to reflect on and review what I had done throughout the year. I wanted to analyze which goals I had reached, which ones I had left unfulfilled, and how I had followed through with my plans, and from there I wanted to connect with my inner voice to make an evaluation. It is through this exploration of my successes and failures that I can begin to define my new goals with purpose.

Also, by having an awareness of these processes I can make better decisions when I am on the journey of working towards a new set of goals and I can learn how to handle obstacles that occur along the way. I always keep in mind, though, what I am seeking to achieve, change or leave behind in 2019.

I must confess I was not the kind of person who would write down her goals in detail, but rather I would just make notes about things for the coming year. My old method was to go over those notes as time went by to see what had been happening. Afterwards I would re-structure them in some way and develop the ideas while still trying to complete different tasks.

I also did not realize that I could have been having blocks that were clogging the flow of achieving my goals. I did not stop to ask myself, even if I wrote down my plans, if maybe there were some emotional blocks that kept me from moving forward, such as limiting beliefs and fears, and if these were actually slowing down my process of getting somewhere.

Goals, tasks, nutrition, new, habits, changes, support, guidance, motivation, passion, time, patience

Another essential aspect of my blockage or impediment in fulfilling my goals was not to prioritize the ones that really mattered to me. It is impossible for a person to do everything they want all the time, so I needed to learn to focus on the one or few things I could devote myself to fully. I decided to be intentional about the way I would like to spend my time because lamenting the lack of it is a dead-end and does not help me make any progress.

And the last part of my struggle was me being indecisive and postponing some of my decisions because I hesitated in looking for support from people who could offer their help by listening to me, guiding me, and giving me feedback on my progress. Talking about it with one or two people that could truly support me long term was one of the best ways to actually see how much progress I was making in a real and objective way.

In order to stop delaying or dawdling with regard to my goals I have created some steps that have helped me move to forward and to keep their fulfillment on the right track.

Identify my prior goals and make a list of them

These are going to be the ones we are passionate about, enjoy fulfilling and that need to be done for important reasons. The key to prioritizing them is to ask yourself this question: will they play a major role in my daily life or will they be in the background? Remember, making time for each goal is essential for its realization.

Establish the tasks for each goal

Setting tasks to follow in order to achieve the desired goal allows us to see clearly what we must do to reach them. These steps are going to guide us in a structured way to help us reach the desired outcome. We need to take time to define what we really need to do so that we can proceed.

Break down each task into steps

In order to carry out each task we need to follow step-by-step an execution plan that will allow us to put a clear process in motion. Each step will determine how we can incorporate each change, inclusion or exclusion into our plan, and how we are able to develop it.

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Create a timeline and a deadline

Depending on what your tasks and steps are, assigning each of them a timeline and a deadline will make sure you stay realistic while on the path to fulfilling your goals. The best way to make them come true is by planning how long you will need to complete each step. In certain cases, at least establish an approximation of that time.

Aim for the short term

It is more practical to set tasks and steps for the short term rather than the long term while still thinking about the big picture. By defining short term goals that you need to achieve in order to reach a longer-term objective, you can advance in segments. This will help you achieve smaller successful outcomes that lead you to the ultimate goal you had been nurturing in the first place. 

Be honest with yourself

Most of the time our emotions and past experiences form the blockages that create resistance to following through on our tasks and steps. By reflecting on the past and asking ourselves honest questions about what is holding us back, we can identify our blocks and keep them under control. More importantly, after doing some reflecting, visualize what it would feel like to push past that limiting belief or fear. This will give you the tools to plan step-by-step what you need to do in order to actively break the repetitive behavior that has held you back.

Goals, tasks, nutrition, new, habits, changes, support, guidance, motivation, passion, time, patience

Seek support and guidance

After we have designed a good execution plan (tasks + steps), we have to review our process continuously. To best do that, we need someone who we can trust and who can give us objective, helpful and real feedback. Support and guidance are essential matters when we are working towards a goal. Meeting with someone regularly also helps us keep on track with our timelines and deadlines because we have a commitment with someone other than ourselves.

Passion and motivation are your pillars

Striving to reach a goal is challenging because most of the time we have to get out of our comfort zone. We enter the land of change, transition, modification and diversification, and it is normal to have strong emotions regarding these things since they represent something new for us. The key to keeping perspective is remembering the motivation and passion that led us to define our goals and to put a plan in motion in the first place, and to feeling the impact of the outcome on us. We move from feeling good to feeling better.

Goals, tasks, nutrition, new, habits, changes, support, guidance, motivation, passion, time, patience

I have finished writing my goals for 2019, and I am excited, driven and inspired at the same time. These are the emotions that keep me pushing forward and that encourage me because I am eager to feel and see what I am going to learn and how I am going to grow from these tasks and steps. … and of course, I am curious to reach the end of the journey and see what is going to come out of all this.

What are your goals for 2019? I would like to read about them!

Like all of you, I am a unique individual with particular needs that I have learned to listen to and that I have really acknowledged over the last 8 years. I’ve learned to focus on my energy levels, to observe my body’s reactions to food, situations and emotions, and to respond to them accordingly. I have learned to put myself beyond everything and to get to know myself for who I am, Tatiana. It has been a very constructive and arduous journey and one that has taught me to be patient and to give each change or modification time to take effect. This brief introduction is to tell you why I developed a deep interest in holistic nutrition due to many circumstances in my life.

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