new year's resolutions · Sat with Nat

Nat’s 2021 Stop Doing List

Recommended Soundtrack: This One’s For The Ladies (THAT LUNGE!) by Rufus Wainwright…trust me

A million years ago I wrote My 2017 Stop Doing List. I’m a big fan of keeping commitments and tasks to the minimum required to get results but struggle to find balance. Maybe it’s because I’m tired? Or overcommit? Or am ridiculously optimistic about what I can do?

Whatever the cause, I often notice my plate gets too full. I remember to add new things but forget to stop doing other things to make room. Then I get tired. And cranky. And overwhelmed. And anxious. And depressed. Seriously not good. Sooooo here’s my new & improved Stop Doing List for 2021!

Stop letting my expectations get away from me

I’m highly creative and that means I can imagine all kinds of things but it also means I can accidentally set too high of expectations that I can’t meet. So. Smaller, achievable, incremental goals this year.

Stop comparing myself to others

I’m on my own fitness/wellness journey. I can learn a lot from others but this isn’t a competition, it’s a collaboration.

Stop and think before taking a new thing on.

Is this something I’m passionate about? Is it in line with my goals? What opportunity cost does this have?

Stop limiting myself

That sounds like a direct contradiction to other stopping steps but it is about not artificially limiting myself. I thought a lot about What I have achieved in 2020. I’ve learned I overestimate what I can do in a day but underestimate what I can do in a month/year/remainder of my life.

What do you think?

Are you able to balance building on your strengths & the familiar with trying new things? How do you do that?

I’d love to hear about your perspective.

Photo credit Ruthless Images. Headshot of Natalie outside and backlit from the sun. She is smiling and feeling pretty good about life in general.

2 thoughts on “Nat’s 2021 Stop Doing List

  1. I felt this blog right down to my toes. I almost felt like you were writing about me. I especially took to heart the comment “…this isn’t a competition, it’s a collaboration.” I strongly believe we need to work together to help eachother be the best we can be, and in doing so we will also become our best self.

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