January, the month where many short term and long term goals are set. Rather it’s increasing our savings, buying a car or losing weight, most of us have thought about what we wanted to accomplish or change in the coming year. I mean, why not? Although it isn’t a huge difference from one year to the next, ideally it just make sense to us to use the New Year as a restarting point. At some point, we all need to refresh or completely start over because as humans we make mistakes and hopefully learning from them. So why not take the opportunity to do so was we enter a new year? Some people may be discouraged by the people that talk down on those who use the new year as a new start. And honestly, we can chose a goal at any time or make the commitment to change, but it seems nice to start at the top of the year. Plus, in my opinion, it’s a lot easier to reflective on your highs and lows over a course of a year.
“Although it sounds nice to do all this before the new year approaches, shit happens and things aren’t going to be perfect.”
When I was in the process of thinking about how my year went, I realized it was not the best. I was (and still am) being challenged emotionally and mentally on things that sometimes people don’t experience all at one time. I wouldn’t say my year was completely trash, but the last half was something else. I experienced two deaths in my family that happened to occur less than 2 months apart, many of my relationships began to shift, start encountering health issues and the list continues. However, I did not want to feel completely defeated by these troubling times because it has been a journey. And I know you are probably wondering why I am writing this now sense we are several days in the new year. This is for those that haven’t set their goals yet or who has already felt defeated by the goals they have set. Although it sounds nice to do all this before the new year approaches, shit happens and things aren’t going to be perfect. What matters most is that you have taken the time to reflect, in order to make any changes (if need be) and making it a better year.
“There is nothing wrong with going back and making adjustments.”
The best way to make your goals real and holding yourself accountable is to WRITE THEM DOWN. Rather you use a journal, notebook or dry erase board, you want to make sure they are in written form and somewhere you can remember where they are. If you keep them in your head, 9 times out of 10, you’ll forget all about them. So this step is very important! Once it’s in your face, you’ll be able to remind yourself this is what I want to accomplish. You’ll be able to go back and reference them as you see yourself getting closer to your goals or if you see no progress, making any necessary adjustments. There is nothing wrong with going back and making adjustments. The fact that you wrote them down and was able to identify you need to rethink your goals is good within itself. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid making goals you may not be able to obtain.
“More often than not, people are unable to accomplish their goals for two reasons, not writing them down or setting an unrealistic goal for themselves.”
Once you’ve brainstormed your goals and have them in written form, the next thing you should be doing is making an action plan. Writing an action plan is simply writing steps or a short plan to help accomplish each goal. An action plan will not only help you sort out what’s an short term goal (something accomplish in 3-6 months) or long term (something that may take up to an year to accomplish), but it will also assist you with figuring out if this goal is obtainable or not. More often than not, people are unable to accomplish their goals for two reasons, not writing them down or setting an unrealistic goal for themselves. So make sure you are being honest with yourself and not setting yourself up for failure. I truly believe if you do these things when making goals for the year, you’ll check more goals off your list than you’ve ever done before. So get to it and Happy New Year!