Happy New Year!
It’s a brand new year, and this is the time that we tend to set ourselves new year goals, and make those new year resolutions that we never stick to. It’s the time of year that we all make a conscious effort to make a change in the various areas and aspects of our lives. As always, some things can be easier said than done, and for some maintaining consistency is key.
Last year I decided to do something different. Instead of listing out all my new year resolutions, I thought I would pick one. This was to do things that I have never done before, and to try out the things I always put off. Last year:
- I started to learn how to play the piano
- Ran my first 10K (I usually hate running, now it’s growing on me)
- Going on holiday on my own. This gave me the opportunity to meet amazing new people in completely new environments
- Volunteering for charity – this was with a charity called Crisis for single homeless people, who are dedicated to providing services in the pursuit of ending homeless’s
- Starting a blog!
Continuing to do new things is definitely something I plan to keep up for another year running. The above is just a handful of some of the things I did. However this year I have some bigger plans and goals, those I won’t share but exciting all the same!
In terms of setting my goals, I’ve personally found that setting myself six month goals – that contribute to yearly goals maintains my drive to achieve them, as my personal deadlines are close. I also recommend writing what your goals or plans are down. I find that if a goal is something you’re not 100% passionate about, but it is a necessity, you will easily forget about it. It’s also nice to tick things off your list and measure your progress because you wrote it down. Use this to form the foundations of the goals you set for the next new year. By this point you will know the ones that did work, the ones that weren’t actually achievable.
Some quick tips:
- Make that decision to change, to make adjustments, to better yourself
- Everything you do starts of with a decision. If your not sure about something, you’re not ready. Get that fire and drive going that you will need to achieve your goals
- Make SMART goals. For those who may not know what this is…
- Specific – Know exactly what it is you want to achieve
- Measurable – This may be hard to apply to a attitudinal goal, but good to bare in mind all the same
- Achievable – Make sure it’s something you can actually do
- Realistic – Don’t set goals which are too hard
- Timely – Give yourself enough time to achieve these goals, and make sure you define the time frames for each one
- Write them down!
- In a note book or typed up, on a board however you want to do it, do it!
- Tick off the things you achieve as you go along
- Bounce back when life gets in the way
- Things may happen good or bad that may derail you from achieving your goals, or become major distractions. Make sure you pick your self up and get back on track
- Readjust your goals where needed
- Remember to never let sight block your vision..
- What this basically means is that you should never let your current situation stop you from believing that you can one day be where you want to be. Know who you are, believe and make it happen!
Thanks for taking the time to read this post. It would be great to hear some tips and advice from you guys.