My Goals for 2017: The KISS Method

Hi there! Melody from Omika here. So, what is the KISS method? Keep It Simple Stupid! So many times, I make the mistake of creating too many new years’ resolutions, which makes it hard to focus and actually make them happen. So I’m following the KISS method this year with my goals.

For as long as I can remember, I have always been goal orientated. I always had something to focus on and always worked hard to make it happen. Sometimes it was how many free throws I could shoot in a row, and sometimes it was getting an essay in on time… these days goals can even be as un/daunting as getting our kids to bed without turning into a fire breathing dragon or perhaps just surviving the day (you know how I feel, right!?!).

Normally by now I’d have my new years’ resolutions set in stone, written up and posted on my wall with a wad of blu tak, but this year I only have two goals. With my first goal, I figure if I do this one thing, everything else will fall into place. The other goal, well that’s just part of my slightly crazy side.

The first goal is to read something spiritual every day, something that contributes to my spiritual growth, something that challenges me and helps me to think clearer, see things from a different perspective. For me, this includes scriptures, General Conference talks and church magazine articles. (I’m a Christian, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – you can read more about this here, or send me a message here.) Most of these I read from my phone, because I have my phone with me pretty much all the time. Smart phones can be such a distraction but they can also be used for so much good! I learn best by writing, so I usually take notes, these are my notebooks from the last 15 years, I have to admit I’d be pretty sad if I lost these.

What are you goals for 2017? Omika's Founder Melody Dexter shares her goals for 2017.

So why do I read spiritual things? To help me grow, stay grounded, remember who I am and what is important in life. There are so many other reasons too! Reading scriptures is like an anchor – it keeps me from blowing away in the storms of life – and I know that if I do this one thing, consistently, everything else in life will be easier, better, more meaningful. So here I am, Day 7, and I’ve been consistent… now I just need to keep at it!

My second goal is one that I had never really contemplated until last year, the thought had never ever entered my mind. In 2017 I plan on running my first marathon, which is 42.2km (or 26.2 miles). Normally I’d say, “you can achieve anything you set your mind to, if you want it enough”, but in this case, I’m actually not 100% sure that wanting it will be enough – I’m not quite sure if I’m keeping things realistic or if I’m being pessimistic… The reason why I’m not 100% sure if I’ll achieve this one, is that even if we train, sometimes our bodies can be unpredictable and respond in ways we don’t expect. I have a few challenges already, such as only having one race in our state that isn’t on a Sunday, training in the cold/dark, time spent training, and of course wondering if my body can manage the distance.

So far I’ve gone from being a wannabe runner to running 5km, then 10km, then recently a half marathon. Here’s a photo of my reward, my favourite chocolate cake EVER:

Omika's Founder Melody Dexter shares her goals for 2017.
Hot chocolate and Death by Chocolate cake from San Churro Chocolateria.

Like any goal, it’s all about baby steps, so the next step is to run an official half marathon next month, with a better time and technique. Most of the time, I actually enjoy running – it’s therapeutic, relaxing even, until a certain point :) You can follow my running progress here on Instagram. I’m looking forward to the year ahead, to making things happen and finishing the year a better, stronger person.  What are your goals for the year?

Here are some of my favourite words about goal setting and persistence! Feel free to pin away and share away!

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