Happy Conscious, Purposeful, Committed New Year!

new year 2016It’s the last post of the year. 2015 is almost over. The new year is about to begin. How could I resist writing about new year’s resolutions? A new year feels like a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning.

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I don’t love the term resolutions. It makes me think of this thing we do only once a year. It also feels like deprivation. So often we resolve to give up something we like or do something we don’t like.

However, I do like the idea of taking this opportunity to re-evaluate our goals. Evaluating your goals and the progress you’ve made is something you should be doing on a regular basis anyway. The new year offers a convenient way to break down your goal process.

Start the year off right

If you start the year setting real goals, that make sense, that are meaningful, that you are committed to achieving… then the start of a new year is a milestone. It’s the one year mark for working toward the goals you set at the beginning of last year. It’s time to evaluate your progress for the month, the quarter and for the year. It’s time to reconsider goals that you haven’t reached after a year. Maybe it’s not the right goal  and you need to scrap it. Maybe it’s a goal that requires more than a year and you simply need to evaluate your progress, your consistency and your strategy to make sure you’re giving it your best effort.

Do you see the difference between this and a resolution that you set and break and then forget before January is over?

Have a plan

Use the beginning of the new year as a part of your regular goal setting and achieving plan. Set goals that are meaningful and important to living the life you want to live. Create step by step plans for your goals. Many experts recommend a technique called reverse engineering especially to plan out bigger goals that may seem overwhelming.

Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight”. Say, “I want to lose x number of pounds by such and such a date and here are the steps I will follow to accomplish this.” Make sure your plan includes mini goals along the way. If your weight loss goal is 3 months out then what benchmarks do you want to hit in the next month? In the next week?

You can do it

When you set goals in a manner that is conscious, purposeful and committed, then you have a chance at success. When you toss out resolutions that are undefined and unplanned you quickly lose motivation and you’re doomed to failure. No wonder most people have had it with new year’s resolutions. No wonder most people are still trying to achieve the same things they were hoping to achieve last year.

If there are things you really want to change in your life, you can do it! Break your goals down into small doable pieces. Stay committed and re-commit on a regular basis as you go. Evaluate your progress and make adjustments as needed. Last but not least do not beat yourself up when you get off track. Acknowledge the mistake. Look for ways to avoid it in the future. Be kind to yourself and get back on track.

You deserve to reach the goals you truly want to achieve. Make it a great new year!

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