According to a recent Nielsen survey, these are the top five most common New Year’s resolutions:
- Stay fit and healthy
- Lose weight
- Enjoy life to the fullest
- Spend less, save more
- Spend more time with family and friends
Can I just tell you that these 5 things are the exact reasons why I left my corporate, high stress, high hours job? These are my top LIFE resolutions and I simply could not find a way to accomplish them when I was “doing it all” as a working professional mom. Seems crazy doesn’t it? I came to the realization that accomplishing these was more important to me than climbing the ladder and making more money.
Now, my path is not for everyone. Deciding to leave and start your own business in hopes of looking back at life, at these 5 things, and saying “I did it!” seems like a pipe dream. (disclaimer: I have other dreams too that did not make this top 5 list that made the entrepreneurial path the right one for me – but that is a convo for another day!) Maybe it will be – but let me share with you how I think we can get there. Yes, we. You don’t need to take my path to accomplish these things but you do probably need to be willing to make a few adjustments to your current life. Over the next week, I will post a blog post for each of these items. This girl is long winded and there was no way I was squeezing this topic down! Let’s start with the first one:
Resolution 1 : Stay fit and healthy: Who has time to work out?! Well, you do. Two days a week, work out at work. Maybe in a slow week, 3 times. Yes I said it. Work out at work. Many businesses have fitness centers onsite or one nearby. If a treadmill isn’t your jam, walk outside. 30 minutes. Better yet – kill two birds with one stone and schedule a walking meeting with one of your team members. It is the new cool thing to do and you will be praised by your team for it – you will both benefit.
Top executives and career coaches across the country recognize the ROI on daily fitness – they too are incorporating wellness into their work day. So should you. I spent over a decade not taking lunch, sitting at my desk or in meeting rooms 10 to 11 hours a day because I was busy. I was working hard. Somewhere, in my sub conscious mind, I had this notion that if I had time to focus on myself, I wasn’t working hard enough. Well, patoeey. That is so a 1995 mentality. NOW – now, we know that those who find some windows to focus on themselves even in small chunks of time, are overall more successful and rounded. If you feel others will frown on you, trust me – any place where a 30 minute walk results in you not being selected for the next big promotion is a place you really, really don’t want to be for the sake of your long term happiness. Try it. Who knows, you may switch out for running shoes before you know it. And that next 360 review you do? Your team will be raving about you. #winning