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Jan 7, 2022: Two ways to think about going into a new year.


A new year! A new you? As we say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in 2022, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the pressure of accomplishing all of these "things" or goals post-haste! Instead, I submit to you two ideas or ways of thinking about the grandness of a new year.

Firstly, we generally overestimate what we can accomplish in one year and underestimate what we can do in five years (I believe Tony Robbins has talked about this - thanks Tony). So, this doesn't mean to procrastinate but rather choose very wisely what one thing you want to get accomplished - it may mean three years or five.

What would be most important to you? Focus on that. Make it actionable. Instead of, “I want to lose 50 pounds.”, use language that takes action like, “I’m going to strength train four days a week and move throughout the day.”


Secondly, in 2022 do something that brings you absolute joy. Why? The interesting thing about being joyful is it's something that we want to spread and share. It fuels us. It fills our cup. Also, we become really happy for those whom are experiencing it.

Case in point - watch grandparents with their grandchildren. Without even knowing the grandparents, by just observing them we can see how much they value their time with their family. Spending quality time with those you love reduces stress hormones and promotes health.


Another example, watch a dog riding in the car with his head out the window catching a nice breeze or watch a dog going for a walk or playing. It is absolute joy that cannot be denied.

For me, I get great joy golfing - practicing golf, playing with friends or my husband. I like that there is always something to learn and brings me close to humility. When I'm joyful, I want others to experience that same feeling; for another being to know what it is to be elated and pass it on. It brings me energy. It fills me with gratitude.


As you reflect upon 2021 and look ahead to 2022, ask yourself:

  • What one thing do I want to accomplish in the next three years? Five years?

  • What brings me joy?

To our reflection,

Lisa Schaffer

GreenNote Fitness

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