Resolutions are funny to me because people act like waking up on January 1st is different than waking up on December 31. There is no magic new year fairy that comes to visit us while we’re sleeping and poof!! Suddenly we are going to change. If you wanted to make a real change or achieve a goal, you would’ve accomplished it or at least taken steps towards it, instead of waiting for a “day” just like any other.
I come off blunt, but I am a realist. Always have been, always will and goals are important, I am not discrediting that, but “New Year’s Resolutions” are a complete waste of time, why?
- They are made for the wrong reasons…
- The goal is either unattainable, unrealistic or you have way too many..
- You aren’t making goals to fulfill yourself but to please other people..
- You’re making the same ones year after year..
You think I am a goal hater when in reality I am a “Goal Digger”. I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t set short and long-term goals for myself. I don’t wait for a new year to make a change, I am taking steps every chance I get. Here is how to set goals, the right way.
Keep your list short. Set out one long-term goal and a few short-term goals to aid in achieving that large goal. It will make the path to achieving less stressful. Besides it’s less to focus on. We could all sit here and make a list of at least 20 things we would like to see happen in the new year. But we all know it won’t happen, so why bother?
Write out your goals everyday, yes everyday. It takes 30-90 days to form a habit. Sticky note your whole house, set daily reminders on your phone and even let your friends know (if it’s not too personal). If you see it in front of you 24/7, you’re more likely to keep going.
During the holiday season most of us come off of a “high” so to speak. We feel loved, we take time for ourselves, we overall feel good. When we feel good we like to take on too much. But remember, life resumes back to normal and back in full swing. Keep that in mind when making resolutions. Are the goals you set forth attainable with your everyday schedule?
Lastly, be honest with yourself. Goals are for you and you only. Don’t feel like you have an obligation to flaunt them to the world, unless you want to. It’s not a competition. At the end of the day you create these goals to get yourself to a certain place, mentally, physically, spiritually that you weren’t previously. Never stop dreaming and never stop achieving.
Now, go pop some champagne and leave 2018 with a bang! After all, 2019 is the year of the pig. That’s my year and I love pigs. Drink to that!!