Happy New Year! It’s that time again. New Year, New Me! In the last few days, I’ve seen quite a few people scoffing at that idea. More than I care to see, frankly. I love the idea of a new beginning. Of course we don’t have to wait for a new year to start over. But there’s something almost magical about the date 1/1 and a blank journal. As in the last few years, I’m not making resolutions for 2019. I’m setting goals.
Resolutions are so black and white. With resolutions, it feels like no room for error. But with goals, there’s a little more leeway. We have all year to reach these goals. But it’s important to keep in mind that you still need to work throughout the year to reach said goals. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals is essential to stay on track to meet your goals.
Goals, of course, are personal. They can range from anything to quitting smoking to losing 20 pounds or simply adopting a healthier lifestyle. While it’s imperative to keep the long-term goal in mind, it’s also important to think short-term. Try to get a little better each day. Remember, it’s progress over perfection! Keep that in mind and come the end of the year, you’ll see you will have reached your goal. Sometimes we become so fixated on the end goal that we become paralyzed and fail to take action.
Have a Spectacular 2019
Even though most goals are personal and unique, there are always way we can be better human beings. Regardless of whether your goals are to improve your health, fitness, career, or anything else, here are a few baseline goals to start working towards:
- Gratitude: This sounds like a no-brainer. But a lot of times, we forget to be grateful for the small and obvious things. Simply waking up in the morning is a great thing to be thankful for each day. Start there and you’ll find many other things to be thankful for.
- Outdoors: With all the comforts of technology, it’s easy to stay inside and ignore all the wonderful gifts of nature. Sometimes a short walk is all we need for a new outlook.
- Discomfort: Admittedly, this one is always a difficult one for me. To overcome fear, it’s important I remind myself of that larger goal.
By applying these small actions to everyday tasks and responsibilities, we’ll undoubtedly reach our goals.
What are your goals, resolutions, or changes for 2019?