I really hate New Year’s and always have. There’s always pressure on making these amazing plans and the whole thought of starting new and making resolutions that last a month (if that) feels like a joke to me. However, I DO believe that reflecting on where you are and what you want to achieve and setting goals (I prefer using goals instead of resolutions) for yourself is a good thing if it’s done the right way and not just because January 1 is approaching. When I look at what I set out to do in 2017 , for the first time, I actually feel accomplished! In years’ past, I have looked at an overly ambitious list of things that I never even attempted to do past January or forgot about. So I’m going to share with you the techniques I used that helped me achieve my goals for 2017:
Come up with a theme. This was so key to my 2017. Instead of making a random list of things you want to do, like lose 5 lbs., create your own theme, mantra or mission for 2018. For example, my 2017 theme was “Rebuild.” I had lost my mom toward the latter half of 2016 and left my job, so my goal was to focus on settling my mom’s estate and just figuring out what my life looked like without her and without working full time. I had some other goals, but all seemed to fit the overall theme I had. For this year, my theme is “Explore.” Now that I’ve rebuilt my foundation in 2017, I want to try some new things, continue to grow this blog and remodel my house so I think this is a good theme for 2018.
Be realistic. It’s good to have some challenging goals, but they also need to be realistic or all you are doing is setting yourself up to fail and feel really crappy about it. If you need to lose 20 lbs, don’t make your goal-“To have a body like Britney Spears in 6 months.” (Total sidebar but did you guys see her perform on New Year’s Eve – she has got it going on!)
Less is more! You don’t need to have a list of 20 things you want to accomplish in the new year. Focus on 3-5 key things you really want to commit to work on and focus on those. You will be more likely to have them in the front of your mind because there won’t be too many and it makes it easier to focus and reach them, as they will be the key things you are passionate about doing. Write them out with a few bullet points and put it somewhere that you can physically see them every day. Out of sight is out of mind and we want your goals to be a part of your daily life!
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The goals you set in January don’t need to be achieved by February. If you have a long term goal, that’s ok, but you may want to break it down into smaller, milestone goals to keep you motivated and prevent you from feeling so overwhelmed that you give up altogether.
Don’t be hard on yourself. Sometimes things come up that are not expected and some of your goals may need to be re-prioritized but it’s ok. As long as you are moving in the right direction and doing the best you can do, you should be proud of yourself.
Cheers to you and may 2018 be a great year for you to accomplish your goals!!!