Happy New Year! Have you set any resolutions? Have you set any New Year’s goals?
It’s not too late to get in on the resolution/goal train for 2020, you know! And I really think you should jump on!
When setting your goals for the new year, make sure they’re specific and attainable. There’s a difference between saying “I want to eat more healthily for 2020,” and saying, “I want to eat 5 servings of vegetables every day in 2020.”
The first goal is vague and immeasurable – What exactly does ‘more healthily’ mean? How will you know when you’ve succeeded in eating more healthily?
The other goal is precise and provides a clear picture as to what you’re trying to achieve – You’ve translated ‘more healthily’ into 5 servings of vegetables a day. At the end of the day, there will be no question over your success with your goal.
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So why should you set New Year’s goals?
You’ll get more clarity.
You’ll have more clarity on what direction you want to take the year towards, on what your wants and needs are, and on what you’re working for.
There’s something about setting your ideas on paper (or the notepad on your smartphone) that feels very much like a commitment to yourself. It also provides focus for the coming year that a lack of goal setting cannot.
You’ll have something to work towards.
As much as I like having lazy days where I do nothing “productive,” my life is far richer when I have something to work towards that gives me purpose.
Having that purpose, whether it’s meant to make you healthier, bring you success, or make an impact on the world, gives you a reason to wake up and to do the work. And when you attain that goal, it gives you that amazing sense of satisfaction and pride over having done something you set out to do.
You’ll be more likely to succeed.
When I have a hard task ahead of me, it never takes care of itself. I have to make a plan, I have to put in the work, I have to know ahead of time that this is something that I need to take care of.
If you set a specific, measurable, and attainable goal, you’ll be in a great place for making it happen.
You’ll have something to look back on at the end of the year.
Why would you want to do this? You can see your successes laid out in front of you!
It’s so easy to forget all the things you did over the past 365 days, but if you have your New Year’s goals written down somewhere, you’ll have a quick way to recognize all the goals you reached.
You gain information over time.
Once you start writing down your goals for every year, patterns will emerge.
You’ll see what types of goals are important to you, whether that’s personal health, work, family, or others.
You might find similarities in the goals that you struggle to attain.
Your priorities will present themselves to you in what goals you write down and what goals you successfully reach.
Find these patterns so you can use them to your advantage.
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As per the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, I have a list of 20 goals for 2020 this year. Want to see the list? Shoot me an email!
I’m sending all of you the most positive vibes for this coming year. Enjoy your journeys and I’ll talk to you soon.