As we begin the New Year, a great opportunity lies before us. The holidays are over, and everything that happened in the year before is in the past. Now we can look forward at the year ahead and decide what we want to do with it! A good way to choose what you want to do in the New Year is to think about what you would like to accomplish in a years’ time. What could you do in 2017 that would make you happy when you achieve it? There are no limits to this thought experiment, but if you are having trouble picking out realistic goals for yourself, I have a few ideas that may help.
What do you want?
So we have a whole new year ahead of us right? Think about what you really want. Do you want a better relationship with your significant other? Maybe you want to go somewhere you’ve never been before. Maybe this is the year you learn to play guitar or learn to cook. Whatever comes to mind – write it down and don’t worry about whether it’s reasonable or not. Once you’ve completely exhausted all your ideas you can go back and choose which one you really want to go for this year.
What did you do last year? When we look back on the past we can gain a lot of insight on everything we accomplished as well as what we left undone. Either way you look at it can inspire new goals for the year ahead. If you didn’t get around to something you wanted to do, now is your time to reset, refocus, and set a new goal (maybe one that’s a bit more manageable!). If you surprised yourself and kicked butt last year, now is your time to challenge yourself. Take that accomplishment a little further and set your goals high!
Consider your current situation
It’s unreasonable to expect our lives to change by setting a few goals at the start of the year because we already have challenges we face every day. When it comes down to it, we still have to pay the bills, make it to work on time, take care of family stuff, etc. However, within those challenges there are choices and opportunities to change. Take a moment to think about what keeps getting in the way of your goals and aspirations. With a few slight adjustments you can change your current situation and make room for the new things you want to do.