Here comes the new year, and with it usually comes the barrage of New Years Resolutions.  Sometimes these ‘resolutions’ are made but then not fulfilled.  Try another strategy.

Sit down for some New Year’s planning.  Don’t call them resolutions, but goals.  Setting your sights on what you want to achieve is like building a map to where you want to go.  Don’t start a journey without knowing where you want to end up.  Think about what has happened in the last year, and what you can do to make things better, or to grasp a dream that seems just beyond reach.

If you have a significant other, this is often a great time to plan the year together.  Does it mean taking out your calendar and deciding when you want to go on vacation, and where?  Does it mean taking a giant step and finding a job you enjoy?  Maybe it’s loosing some weight, or getting fit, or stopping smoking.  The first step is to decide you are going to achieve this goal.

Here are some tips

  • Make sure your goal is realistic and attainable
  • Give yourself a time line
  • Break it into small steps if it’s a complex goal
  • Write it down
  • Write it down everywhere
  • Stay positive
  • Review your goals often

Sometimes it helps to share your goals with someone else.  Someone who will support the decisions you have made, and not judge you.  It helps to keep you accountable for reaching that goal.  It’s okay to have more than one goal, in fact you might want to have a goal for every different area of your life.  Just don’t overload yourself with too many.

Areas of your life might include

family, career, fitness, health, spiritual, charity, friends,

Leisure, myself, Creativity, home, financial

One plan is to make a list of all the goals you want to achieve, and then choose the top three.  Those are the ones that you actively work on.  Each day you ask yourself “what did I do today to reach my goal?”.  You have to keep focus on what it is you want.  When you complete one goal, you can refer to your list and see if there is another goal that you can accomplish.

Keep track of your goals.  It is good for you to see your achievements.  It will give you fuel to keep moving forward.  Celebrate your achievements, and reward yourself!

If you don’t do the  New Years Eve party thing then consider making this the time to review your year and plan the next year.  Have some nice treats, or a glass of wine.  Turn off the tv.  Reflect and dream to come up with some plans for 2011.

3 Responses to New Year Goals

  1. Karen Biko says:

    A friend of mine told me his wife likes to hide money around the house. She takes a handful of coins and places them in boxes, or vases around the house.

    This tells her that they have money all around them and keeps it coming in the door.

    I might give this a try for 2011…. anything to get the right frame of mind going.

  2. Fantastic website! It is my New Year’s resolution to declutter my life, I am taking it slowly, just a bit at a time!

    There are some great ideas on here and no doubt I will be using them on my declutter journey which I am blogging about at declutterdiary.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    DD

  3. Karen Biko says:

    DD

    I am so pleased that you are decluttering your life, and have decided to blog about it. As you say in your blog it really helps keeping you on track with it and accountable for what you have committed to. Excellent work. I will be checking on your site to see how you are doing now and again, and likely leaving a few comments here and there.

    Keep it up 🙂
    Karen