It’s hard to believe that January is almost over. It seems like yesterday, we were busy buying gifts for our loved ones and feeling positive about what the New Year will bring. Though millions of people across the world made New Year’s Resolution, majority of people have already fallen off the bandwagon.
In fact, according to Forbes, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions.
What if we changed how we viewed resolutions and instead looked at them as goals? A resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not to do something….the action of solving a problem”. A goal is defined as “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result”. See the difference?
A resolution is just something you say you’ll do to fix a problem in your life. A goal is something you pour all your resources, willpower, and ambition into in order to hit a specific target. We need to be goals this year. And, I have some ways to make your goals a reality!
Write it down! This year actually write down every single goal of yours on a piece of paper. Then, pick your top most desirable goals out of your list. Underneath each goal, write down what you have to do in order to meet that goal. For example, if your goal is to get your master’s degree, write down what you will have to do to apply and get into your college and program of choice. This is called a strategy. Nothing happens without a strategy because a strategy is a series of steps you have to take to reach a level of personal success.
Create a vision board. I’m a firm believer in writing things down, but I’m also a firm believer in visually seeing my goals. I created a vision board for 2017 and most of those visions have come to pass-including writing for a major publication. The easiest, less time-consuming way to create a vision board is to copy and paste Google images on a blank Powerpoint slide. You can either print it out and put it on your wall or save it to your phone. Everyday you need to be seeing your vision. Eventually, you’ll be intentional about making your dreams happen without even realizing it.
Write yourself a letter. Of course, when we go into the New Year, we’re already reflective. We’re already thinking about what we could’ve improved upon or did better during the year. I usually use the FutureMe platform to write myself a letter, which is delivered in the future. When the letters arrive in my inbox the following year, it gives me hope, insight, and an extra boost.
Give it up now. I think sometimes it’s hard for us as humans to commit to our New Year’s Goals because we wait until the ball drops. This is insanity-thinking that your life will automatically change once the clock strikes midnight. You have to start making those changes right now! If you’re committing yourself to losing weight, sign up for those zumba classes and start working out now. Don’t wait. All waiting does is cause frustration, more fear, and ultimately, lack of productivity.
2018 will be the year where great memories will be made and things will work out for your good. That’s only if you want it to be. In these last few days of January, make sure your energy is right and your positivity is radiating. You deserve every bit of goodness life has to offer. This year, you’re going to be goals-on and off Instagram.
By Gabrielle Reed