New Year Fear
The New Year can sometimes put pressure on us to achieve a whole load of New Things. People often make promises to themselves or write long lists full of super strict resolutions that they MUST. LIVE. BY. to start their New Year off on the “right foot”. Well, let us be the ones to tell you, there is no right or wrong foot.
A resolution just sounds so SERIOUS, doesn’t it? It’s a proper commitment. A declaration… a firm decision to do or not do something. Can we all just calm down, for a second? Some examples of common New Years Resolutions are; cutting down on screen time, buying less fast fashion or learning a new skill.
What works for one person, doesn’t always work for another and we’re writing this to tell you that it’s OK to not make any promises or resolutions to yourself or anyone else.
HOWEVER, goals are different. They keep us focused.
A goal is an aim or an intention to do something. A goal gives us something to work towards and can be an object of a person’s ambition or effort. We all have ambition, big and small. We all have dreams and aspirations to become better people and learn new skills as we grow. To make these things happen for us, we need to prioritise. Prioritising is an important task to learn.
How Do I Achieve My Goals?
The key to crushing goals is starting small. It’s much less intimidating when your “list” is actually just a collection of cute sentences. Make them clear and concise. Write them down somewhere in a notebook or a diary, or even using the Notes App in your phone.
If you’re not sure exactly what you want, write down a few sentences for each goal, and read over them until you have a better sense of what it is you plan to achieve. Don’t be afraid to explore your thoughts, you have time.
Be smart about your goals. SMART goals are:
Specific – be as clear as possible.
Measurable – you need to be able to assess your progress.
Attainable – your goal should be within the realm of possibility. Don’t plan to take over the world, lol.
Relevant – your goals should be relevant to your priorities, they should go hand in hand.
Time-Sensible – give yourself a time frame to work with. Yes, you want to achieve your goals throughout the year, but narrow it down to make it easier to work toward.
Try and form one solid, short and sweet sentence to best explain your goal. If you need to, you can break bigger goals down into smaller, more achievable goals.
If your goals are in plain sight for you to see, for example, if you print them out and stick them on your mirror, you will be reminded of them every day. They become important to you, easier to understand, and eventually a part of your daily life. Hence making them easier to work towards, and a little less scary.
Don’t Get Overwhelmed
Having three goals to smash in a year is way more manageable than overloading yourself with multiple challenges to overcome in different areas of your life. If you do this, it starts to feel like a chore, and you begin to feel down if you haven’t managed to reach any of your goals.
You can start to feel overwhelmed when you’re halfway through the year and you’ve only managed to tick one or two off the list.
But trust us when we say that the best investments you will ever make, are the investments you make in yourself. You deserve to thrive and live your best life, so do yourself a favour and have a sit-down and a think about what you really care about before jotting down your future goals.
Words by Aimee Lyons