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Dr. Loy Anderson, MD - Functional Medicine in Great Falls Montana
Five Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions
December 28, 2023
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Hello, Thriven community! I’m Cali Salmond, a life and health coach at Thriven Functional Medicine. If you’re feeling like your New Year’s resolutions are already slipping away, you’re not alone. Today, I want to share a different concept to start your New Year right: choosing a purpose word.

The Power of a Purpose Word

A purpose word offers a guiding theme for your year, providing direction without the pressure of a specific resolution. The idea was popularized by John Gordon, and I’ve used it myself for five years, noticing a significant difference in my focus and satisfaction.

Reflect and Choose Your Word

Take time to reflect on the past year:

  1. Identify Stressors: What stressed you out last year? What habits or situations created obstacles?
  2. Celebrate Wins: Which achievements made you proud?
  3. Examine Lifestyles and Hobbies: How much time did you spend on activities that bring you joy?
  4. List Purpose Words: Explore various purpose words. As you reflect, some words will resonate with your aspirations.

Break Down Your Purpose Word

Once you’ve chosen your purpose word, consider how it will play out in different aspects of your life. Journal about how you want this word to shape the year ahead in six areas:

  1. Mentally: How will this word improve your mindset?
  2. Physically: How can it influence your fitness and health goals?
  3. Emotionally: How can it help you navigate your emotions?
  4. Relationally: How will it enhance your relationships?
  5. Spiritually: How can it nurture your spiritual journey?
  6. Financially: How will it impact your financial goals?

Finding Joy in Your Purpose

My word last year was “joy,” and by reflecting on it across these six dimensions, I found so much joy, even during challenging times. A purpose word is personal and unique to you. It allows you to focus on what truly matters and embrace your life’s purpose.

Let go of rigid New Year’s resolutions and start thinking about your purpose word. I’m excited to hear how it guides you in the coming year!

Have a great one!

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