New Year’s Resolution vs Setting Your Vision

Statistics show that roughly 80% of all New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Despite this low success rate we continue to challenge ourselves each year by banking on that one thing that we want to change. 

Personally I’ve never really set resolutions. One year I resolved to eat more bacon, but that resolution was more deeply rooted in the perspective of doing things that add joy to life than actually consuming the world’s tastiest meat. 

Instead of setting resolutions I tuck away a little time each winter to set my vision for the coming year. By setting a vision I get a clear picture in my mind of what I really want for the year in all areas of my life, and in striving to fulfill this vision I take proactive steps that will put me in a better place 12 months later even if I fall short of the ultimate goal. 

Here’s the process…

  1. Write down each of the following categories with a little space under each: Work, Money, Love, Family, Spirituality, Social, Self
  2. Under each category define 1-3 things you would like to see at the end of the year in order to consider this year successful. Examples may include a monetary amount you want to donate during the year, the number of dates you want to go on with your spouse, or how many songs you want to learn on the guitar. Each goal should stretch you a little bit so you can grow, but keep it realistic. The ultimate goal is total personal growth, not domination of one specific area of your life. 
  3. Under each of your goals set 1-2 action items you can complete to ensure you stay on track towards your vision. If you want to lose weight you may include hiring a trainer, joining a gym, or buying new running shoes. If you’re looking to save for college expenses consider how often you can tuck money away and where you will put it. These action items should be specific so you have a gameplan in place to be successful and a roadmap to follow if you get off track.
  4. Post the final document somewhere that you will see it regularly and set a time on your calendar each week to review your vision. If you aren’t on track use this as a reminder of the action items you wrote down and work in some time that week to get back on track. The key here is keeping your vision in front of you throughout the year so you can keep your big goals front and center. Resolutions tend to fail because life happens and people fall off the momentum train. Keeping your vision in front of you makes it hard to forget what you’ve set out to accomplish.

I find that this process produces results much more effectively than a resolution. To be totally honest, I’ve never fulfilled my whole vision before. Usually I end up achieving about 70% of what I set out to accomplish. But that’s not the point. The point is that setting a vision has helped me set the course, given me focus throughout the year, and led to personal growth that I never would have seen had I relied on a single resolution to improve my life or just gone with the flow to see where I end up. 

If you want to take things even farther write your vision in the present tense, start each morning or week with reviewing your top 3 current action items, or find an accountability partner to help stay the course. 

Do you have a method of planning that takes this step further? Or do you have a strategy that simplifies this process? We’d love to hear about it. Share a comment below or contact us directly at


How Do YOU Start Your Day?

The morning ritual. 

Most of us are aware of the benefits involved with starting your day with a consistent morning routine. Morning rituals help us frame our day, prime our brain, and prepare our body for a successful day.

Without question I have noticed that when I hold myself accountable to my routine that my day flows in a more positive direction and I also tend to get more accomplished. This is especially true as we dive into the dark days of winter, a season I always struggle with. The cold temperatures combined with less sunlight and general seasonal stresses can wreak havoc on my system.

For the last few months working through some version of the following routine:


Love Oregon Contest Series Introduction

❄️ It’s February, the month of love, and to celebrate we will be launching our contest “Love Oregon” on our Facebook page! ( Love is all about connections, whether it’s with each other, the outdoors, or our community.

? We love Oregon and we are excited to share with you some of the reasons why. We are also looking forward to hearing what you love about it as well!

? We will be stopping into a number of local businesses over the next two weeks that we love and believe to have made an impact on our community. We will be chatting with the owners & customers about what love means to them and the things they enjoy the most about our community. You will see these videos periodically on our Facebook page throughout the next couple of weeks and we will be giving away prizes from each of these businesses!

To participate and spread the love for Oregon, visit our Facebook page and find this video!

#loveoregon #lovelocal #theminterteam

20 Ways to Fill Your Day with Gratitude

gratitude jarWe’ve heard it time and time again that gratitude can be a key to happiness. People who practice and express gratitude tend to be healthier physically and mentally, have more positive relationships with others, handle stress more easily, and find more opportunities leading to success.

If we know these benefits then why don’t we all practice gratitude more frequently?

Often people don’t know how or where to start. So let’s make it simple. (more…)

Thrive | Eat More Bacon | Define Your 2016

readingThis time of year we all tend to reflect a little. We try to take in life, to focus on the important things, to plan for a more successful and enjoyable future.

Last year we challenged you all to Thrive in 2015 in reference to the book written by Arianna Huffington in which she encourages us to re-evaluate our definition of success to include our well-being, sense of wonder, and capacity for compassion and giving.

Previously Jeff committed to eating more bacon simply because bacon is good and makes him happy. With simple pleasures come the best moments in life and these moments ultimately add up to happiness.


The Seed

SeedPassion, purpose, happiness.

A sense of meaning in life and work.


In some way we are all in search of these things. Both our personal and professional lives provide opportunities to explore these ideas that mean so much to our human experience. Yet, many of us struggle truly find things like passion, purpose, or balance. They are lost in the run around of business or the search and striving towards certain definitions of success. How do we find our purpose? How do we live our passions? (more…)

Did You Eat Your Frog Today?

eat frog

What if the first thing you did today was eat a live frog? How would the rest of your day go from there?

There’s an old saying that says if the first thing you do when you wake up is eat a live frog then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day.

With a variety of different responsibilities creeping up on us throughout the course of a day or week finding your frog and eating it first can help you become more productive and efficient.

This week we encourage you to prioritize and find your frog. Eat it first. We believe you’ll find the energy and momentum from completing this task will help carry you through the rest of your day.  (more…)

Grit From the Eyes of a Navy Seal

navyGrit and resilience are two key traits that determine the differences between success, mediocrity, and failure. We all face challenges in life and it is our reaction and response to adversity that ultimately determine the path we follow.

Eric Barker, author of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Treediscussed grit, resiliency, and persistence with a Navy seal. The following is what he found regarding surviving life’s toughest moments.

 Purpose & Meaning

Having a clear purpose and meaning puts things into focus and is essential when working through challenges. Intrinsic motivation is more valuable than extrinsic motivation.

Make it a Game


Eat More Bacon

baconWith every new year comes a slew of new resolutions for personal improvement. Weight loss, time with friends, or quitting bad habits tend to make up a high number of these resolutions.

While some research shows that just 8% of people actually keep their resolutions, I’ve vowed to be stronger than that.

That’s why in 2015 I resolve to eat more bacon.  (more…)

Thrive in 2015

ThriveWith the holidays in full swing and the new year nearly upon us we are in the midst of the season for gratitude, giving, and self-reflection. Over the last month as we build our own goals and success metrics in preparation for 2015 we’ve been reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington as inspiration for our next steps.

Society sends a strong message relating to success on a constant basis. Historically money and power have been the main metrics used in judging success. Busy is good. Money is good. Titles are good.

But how does the societal definition of success really fit into a successful life?

Huffington recognized the need for this reflection when exhaustion caused her to collapse. The result was a broken cheekbone, gash on her face, and newfound outlook on the true meaning of success. (more…)

Choose Your Hard

Choose Your HardChoose Your Hard. This motto has become a rallying cry among the fitness community. But if you put weight loss aside for a moment you’ll see it applies to everything you do.

We all have choices to make on a daily basis. Quite frankly, more often than not we tend to choose the easiest less painful choice. Not only is it hard to make the choice that is best for us, but it’s also hard to live with the consequences. (more…)

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