Happy New Year 2018 – Have You Made New Resolutions or Set Goals?
Can you believe it…another year has come and gone. There are only a few hours left in 2017 and many people are starting to reflect on the year. It’s a good time to think back to all the good times you shared with friends and family and the positive changes you have made with your own personal development.
When I look back at 2017 I know that I worked through lessons, learned new things and pushed thru hard struggles to come out on top both financially and spiritually. Every decision I made set my path in the right direction. My journey is changing and I like where I’m headed. Cheers to 2018!
We’ve all gotten to the end of a year and think we need to set New Years resolutions. I’ve done it. But now I do things a little different. I no longer set New Years resolutions… instead I set goals. When I joined Color Street in September I had incremental goals to achieve. A 30 day goal, then a 60 day goal and so on. I was able to celebrate big wins because I had realistic, achievable goals. How awesome is that!
So instead of making New Years resolutions in 2018 I am going to continue to set goals. I find it’s a great little exercise to write down things I want to achieve and by when. Small goals work because I can go full steam ahead and if I become slightly deterred along the way it is easy to get back on track without feeling like I need a new year fresh start declaration. Goal setting can be an empowering practice. Why? Because when you set your own goals it makes you to evaluate what you like about your life and what you want to change, and then forces you to focus on how you will go about achieving that change.
So here’s the thing…if you are happy with your life and don’t have things you want to change or desires…awesome…then you should continue with your current path. If there are things that you would like to change or you’re not completely satisfied with your life then you should set some goals and change it. Simple as that. You can’t sit back and wait for someone else to change your path to happiness you must take ownership by visualizing the life you want and then set your goals, focus on them and achieve your best life possible.
If you aren’t sure how to start setting your own personal goals I have a few tips that will help you set realistic goals that you can achieve over the next year.
Goal Setting Tips:
Your goals should always be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive
- Specific: Cut to the chase. Define exactly what you want to achieve. Make it clear.
- Measurable: To determine if your goal is measurable, ask yourself how will I know when it’s accomplished?
- Attainable: Ask yourself what needs to happen to achieve the goal? Is the goal achievable considering your time or resources. Think about what’s required to achieve the goal and focus on the action.
- Realistic: We all want a million dollars over night but that’s not realistic. A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make a reality. You have to be able to say, even if it’s a stretch goal, that with focus and effort you can make happen.
- Time-sensitive: Always put a time frame on your goal. This gives you and an end to work toward. You charge ahead when you have a time frame in which to accomplish your goal.
Define Positive Goal Statements
Focus on positive thinking. Express your goals with a positive tone. It’s motivating when you strive for positive results versus avoiding failures.
Prioritize Your Goals
Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed with all the goals you want to achieve. Set priorities and keep your direction realistic. This will also help you determine what is most important to you.
Write Your Goals Down
Writing your goals down sort of solidifies them and gives them more meaning. Although I haven’t done this yet I know some people who create a vision board with pictures and statements to remind them of their goals. I simply write my goals down on paper or a white board. Do whatever works for you as long as you write your goals somewhere so you can see them and review them to stay on track.
Make Yourself Accountable for Your Goals
When you share your goals with others you often become more accountable. Putting them out there will keep you honest and you will feel good when you share your progress and accomplishments.
So there you have it. Forget about New Years resolutions. Empower yourself…Set goals and make positive changes in your life today and celebrate your wins.
Now is your chance to shine…what do you hope to achieve in the next 12 months?