New Year’s Day is a great time to implement change and personal growth by setting goals that you want to achieve throughout the upcoming year. But let’s face it most of us have no clue what we even want to accomplish today, let alone in the next year. So how do we decide what is the most important goal to work on?
Why the confusion?
There are a few reasons why we are so confused or clueless as to what is a worthy goal.
1. Judgment – we are worried that others think of our goals
2. Expectations – we are worried they will not meet THEIR expectations of us
3. Fear – we are worried the goal is too big to complete, let alone complete in a year.
Belief + Self Confidence
Honest to god the real problem is your believe in your own self confidence. You are the only way that is getting in your way. It is very easy to blame others; it is very easy to come up with great even plausible excuses. But your belief in your very own ability to complete your goal is the ONLY thing that is getting in your way.
The answer is simple but NOT easy. You don’t even need to believe at this point. You just need to put one foot in front of the other. You need to select a goal and then your need to create a plan. Each day you wake up, you do the next item on the list. Every day, with each step you will build the confidence that you need. Each item completed will build your confidence little by little. Pretty soon you will believe you can actually complete the goal.
How to select a goal? Here are a few general areas that might fit.
- Health improvements. When your body lean and strong, you have more energy, enthusiasm, and vitality to do everything you want to do. Work first on creating an environment that will support your more specific goals.
• Set resolutions such as enrolling in a yoga class, trying three new types of aerobics, or going for a walk each day after dinner.
• Resolve to bring new experiences into your life. Set goals about new foods that you want to try, eating 3 more vegetable servings each day, or growing your own organic vegetables.
• These goals are more fun to reach, but they’ll contribute to the same end result.
- Financial improvements. When you are aware and planning, you will be surprised at how much you will accomplish with just a few small items.
• For example, you may resolve to save all of your spare change and deposit it into your savings account every month.
• Or make a list of specific money-saving actions like the above that you’d like to incorporate into your daily life and add a new action to your routine each week. By the end of the year, much closer to your goals.
- Creative endeavors. Creative goals can absolutely lead to personal enrichment and development. What interests you? What hobby or activities did you enjoy when you were a kid? Start there and experiment.
• Start writing in a journal, take up pottery, or a variety of other creative endeavors. Create a resolution to try a new recipe at least once a month.
• Or fashion a resolution to hand-make every Christmas gift you give, starting at the beginning of the year!
- Intellectual endeavors. Keeping your brain active will keep you young and healthy. Elect to take a course or seminar on a topic interests you, such as photography, scrapbooking, auto repair, or entrepreneurship.
• Challenge yourself to read ten non-fiction books about subjects that interest you, or resolve to participate in an intellectual challenge like NaNoWriMo, November’s “National Novel Writing Month.”
Maybe you don’t have a 100% clarified goal just yet… but start down the general path as you are moving down that path you can tweak your goals as you are moving forward. Create opportunities to learn more about yourself, to build you confidence and help you set more specific goals.
What are you resolutions? Are judgment, expectations and fears holding you back? What are you going to do to break free?
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