Resolutions (or any kind of big life goal) can be overwhelming. You don’t know where to start or how to keep up momentum, and it can be so overwhelming you either don’t start or give up not too soon after starting. Sound familiar?
It’s one of the reasons I’m all for making your life better in small, concrete ways and focusing more on overall happiness than on big, “epic” challenges like living with only 100 things or doing the impossible.
Note: I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with big challenges like that. Some people like to live on the extreme. Some people thrive off that, and I totally, 100% respect them for it. But I don’t think everyone operates that way. I know I don’t. I think a lot of people want to live their lives in their own happy medium-place, doing what makes them happy but not necessarily breaking any Guinness Book of World Records.
Hence the focus on balance in everything I try to do here.
That’s why when I heard about a site that helps you break your goals down into small, completely do-able steps, I was hooked.
Why SuperBetter is super-helpful
The site is called SuperBetter, and it lets you set realistic, reachable goals for yourself in four key areas: Physical Resilience, Mental Resilience, Emotional Resilience, and Social Resilience. Each area has sub-goals you can focus on, like eating healthier or exercising more if you’re looking at Physical goals.
For those who’ve been reading for a while, you’ve probably seen me mention the fact that I’m a huge worrywart, so I decided my first goal would be to work on my anxiety (under Mental challenges).
SuperBetter is like an online game in that it takes you through a series of “quests,” “power-ups,” and other small, easy to complete action steps that all build on each other. Some of my first to dos have been to read a couple articles on the science of anxiety, to give myself a literal pat on the back, and to battle the “bad guy” of the self-critic.
It’s a fun and creative way to break up a huge goal (“Stop being so anxious!!!”) into un-intimidating steps you can finish in a few minutes a day. This is the kind of goal-setting I can totally endorse.
If the whole “game” aspect of it sounds kind of fluffy, it’s actually got some serious research behind it. I was surprised to learn that its design is based on scientific research in the fields of neuroscience, positive psychology, and medicine and that it draws from the wisdom of a panel of “science council” advisors. So while it’s fun and light, it’s also got some real teeth behind it.
So far, I’m loving my quest towards less anxiety.
Who’s ready to join me for some superbettering of ourselves? :)