New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s a new adventure for everyone! It’s also that time of the year where some of us use the phrase, “New Year, New Me.” Instead, like to say, “New Year, New Goals.” 

Whether you do or don’t use these phrases, I hope you have thought about a few goals you want to achieve this year. I know I have been thinking about mine for the last few days. If you haven’t, I hope you make at least one goal for yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant such as winning a million dollars (although that would be pretty awesome if any of us did). If you haven’t thought of any goals or simply think that it’s useless to have them, let’s break down what a goal is and the importance behind them.

My essential goal trackers.

What is a goal?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a goal is “something that you are trying to do or achieve.” Sounds pretty self explanatory, right? 

When I hear the word, “goal,” I think of seasons and milestones. You work for what you want in one or more seasons. A season doesn’t necessarily mean it will take you 4 months to achieve. It can take a couple of months or maybe a year to work at it. Small victories are achieved during these seasons of hard work and dedication. It could be losing 5 pounds within the first month of your weight loss journey or you didn’t have any zeros on your scorecard in your last archery competition. Whatever your victories might be, these are the little guys that keep you motivated to your goal.

A milestone is much bigger than a season. This is where you may achieve your ultimate goal. These occur a little less often, but they are more rewarding. It could be buying a house or paying off all your debt. Achieving a milestone may take more than a year and that’s okay. 

Why do people make them?

People make goals as a way to motivate themselves to sustain life and find a purpose. Goals are a way for us to trigger new behaviors and form a routine that keeps us going. Goals allow us to focus on what we want, materialistic or not. Most of the time, we set goals because we want to better ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. 

What goals should I make for myself?

Think about all the things you have or you do and what you want to accomplish. If you want to become a runner, you may want to have the goal of completing your first 5k. If you own a home, you may want to become more organized, starting with the kitchen. Whatever it might be, think about something that interests you. 

How can I stick to my goals?

You may have talked to family and friends and noticed some who have stopped reaching their New Year goals. Maybe you have been one to stop meeting your goal. I have been guilty of this as well. When I look back at the goals I did not achieve for myself, I reflect on my “glow” and “growth.” My “glows” are the small steps I made to work toward that goal. My “growth” is what I could have done to continue these unreached goals. Below are some tips I use to help me stick to my goals:

  1. Set a reachable goal for yourself.
    Your goals don’t necessarily have to be huge. If you’re a beginner in running, finishing your first 5K would be a reachable goal. You don’t have a set finish time or pace for yourself. You simply want to finish the event. If you’re wanting to wipe out debt, paying off a credit card first would be a reachable goal. Start “small” for yourself. If you don’t, your drive to reach your ultimate goal will diminish in a very short amount of time.
  2. Set a timeline.
    How long do you want to achieve your goal? Do you want to achieve it within a month? A year? In 5 years? You want to give yourself some time to achieve this goal. BE REALISTIC!  You may have read headlines where people achieve a huge goal in 3-6 months. Kudos to them! However, can you actually do the same? Evaluate your situation. Give yourself some time to achieve it. If you don’t, chances are you will become either burned out or you sell yourself short and have to recover whether its finances or your health. These goals take time. You have to be reasonable as to how you’re going to achieve it in a healthy manner.
  3. Have a plan.
    In order to achieve your ultimate goal, you need a plan. How are you going to achieve your goal? What is it that you need in order to meet your goal? How long do you think it ’s going to take to meet your goal? When you set a plan, you get an idea of what you need to do. Can your plan change? Of course it will. Life will sometimes get in the way and alter our plan, and that’s okay.
  4. Set mini goals for your ultimate goal.
    In order to achieve your ultimate goal, you need a plan. How are you going to achieve your goal? What is it that you need in order to meet your goal? How long do you think it ’s going to take to meet your goal? When you set a plan, you get an idea of what you need to do. Can your plan change? Of course it will. Life will sometimes get in the way and alter our plan, and that’s okay.

    Look at your ultimate goal and break it down into what I call, “small victories.” Small victories motivate you to keep moving forward. If you’re wanting to lose weight, think about how much you want to lose each month. If you’re starting out with a blog (like me!), think about how many posts you want to put out within a month. Remember, make sure your small victories are REACHABLE.
  5. Write your goals down.
    This one is very important. Why? Because you are more than likely to stick with your goals if you have them on paper. If you’re one who sets a goal in your head, chances are, you may modify your goal along the way (this is where you can end up selling yourself short). I write down my goals I want to achieve for the year and place them in a safe spot. Then, I write smaller goals for each month on a separate sheet of paper. Sometimes, I will write even smaller goals for each week in a planner. Writing your goals down holds you more accountable for achieving them.
  6. Reflect on your mini goals once you achieve them.
    Every time I achieve either a small victory or an ultimate goal. I reflect on what I did. What did I do to achieve it? What were my successes along the way? What could I have done to make the achievement even better? What were my weaknesses along the way?

    When you reflect, you’re able to pinpoint the highs and lows along the way. We’re all human so it is inevitable to have lows. It’s important to focus on both of these things because they show growth. When you look at the entire picture, you’re able to see how far you come along the way and how it has made you a better person. Whenever I reflect, I form a little bit of pride in how far I’ve come and have more appreciation in my achievements.

Whatever you goal or goals are for this year, I hope you take the time to look at what you want and how you’re going to achieve them. If you don’t have any goals yet, set at least one for yourself. Remember, it doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Set a goal that will push you out of your comfort zone. That’s where the adventure occurs. You may hate that feeling (I know I do.), but trust the process. Eventually, that process will become rewarding and you will thank yourself for pushing yourself.

If you have goals for the new year that you would like to share, let me know! I always like to read what others are doing to become a better version of themselves.

Stay adventurous,

Natalie Paige

2 thoughts on “New Year, New Goals

  1. Great post. I myself am planning to work on me. So the most basic, exercise and diet. Only once I nail those will I branch out to external goals. So I’ll need to learn to master my day first. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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