New Year, New Goals

New Year, New Goals

I love new beginnings, fresh starts, and the chance to hit the reset button. January 1 is the obvious new start, but there is also the beginning of every month or the beginning of every week. The important thing is to take the opportunity to decide what you want to strive for this year, this month, or this week. I never stop setting goals. I don’t always finish my list and honestly, I don’t really expect myself to accomplish all of them. But by setting goals, I push myself and focus my attention to move my life forward.

Here are some categories to consider when setting goals. I write down three things in each of these areas at the start of the year.

Physical – exercise, eating, health

Mental – education, learning

Social – friendships, relationships

Occupational – career, job changes

Emotional – wellness, vacation, hobbies

After you have your list, highlight or star the goals that are the most important to you. Pick your top three. Than create actions steps to help you reach these goals. Focus on your goals this year. Imagine yourself on December 31 of the new year and what you want to achieve by then. Don’t give up but keep striving forward. Make this a great year!

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Goals are Just a Task With a Deadline

Goals are Just a Task With a Deadline

The word “goals” seems to get a different reaction from different people. For some “goals” brings excitement and motivation, but for others, it brings fear and anxiety. For me, I used to think of goals as things I wanted to do and when I was ready, I would pursue them. Goals were ideals for the future or for someone more serious about their life. Then one day, I heard a motivational speaker talking about the simplicity of goals. He said, “Goals are just a task with a deadline.” This transformed the way I thought about my life and now, I live my life by setting goals.

Setting goals start with a dream like, “Someday, I want to plant a garden.” We can make this dream a reality by setting a deadline. For example, “I want to plant a garden by April.” We can further clarify this goal by adding more specifics. “I want to plant a 6′ x 9′ garden by April.” Doesn’t it seem more doable now? Instead of a dream of having a garden, there is actually a plan to make that dream come true.

Begin by setting a small goal. What is something you have been procrastinating to do or dreaming of doing? Write it down. Then add a reasonable deadline. Think of the steps you need to do in order to accomplish your new goal. Each day, try to work on each step. When you finish the steps, you reach your goal!

Creating the life you love is possible by setting goals, one at a time, step by step.

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