Missing when planning new years

“New Year, New You!””

“Out with the old, in with the new”

We hear these clichés every year. We decide everything is going to change and we are at the cusp of becoming a whole new person! It’s so amazing and inspirational, until we realize what a big undertaking it is and give up completely.

It doesn’t have to be like that. We have heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals (if not, pinterest is a great place to learn about it) that help you be more effective in your New Year’s goal setting. They can help you set goals in small bite sized chunks so you can actually accomplish your goal. What they don’t help us with is the goal setting process in the first place. How do we decide which goals to prioritize? Many times we reflect on all the things we should change and what’s wrong with us. This year try it a little different.

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The One Thing

This year try reflecting on all the things you have done right. All the things you are good at. When you sit down to set your goals and hopes for this next year, set some goals to strengthen these things. What are you passionate about, get better at it! What do you love to learn about, research more! What do you do for free that you could get paid doing, get paid for it! Instead of starting out the year with lofty vague goals and setting ourselves up for failure, let’s get excited to achieve things we love. The things we already want to prioritize.

Looking for an example?  If you are good at organizing, but have been doing it the same way for the last two years, set a goal of spend time researching new fresh ways to organize. You may also set a goal to share your expertise. When you plan goals around things you love (or have an interest in), you are more likely to stick to them.

After you are finished with recognizing your successes of the last year, then look at what weakness you would change. For instance maybe you are a great organizer, but not time manager. You could set a goal to improve your time management skills to have more time to implement your organizational goals.

3 things to do now

  1. Start reflecting on the positive accomplishments before the things you want to change. This can help you start of on a positive note instead of feeling like you are fighting an uphill battle.
  2. Download my free printable worksheets to help you get clear on your goals and aspirations. Three pages of brainstorming and guided planning to help you plan the most effective goals for the new year.
  3. Try playing a New years reflection game with your family.  To help you brainstorm ideas use a game like this one:

Want help on clarifying your goals and resolutions this year?  Click here to download your free printable worksheets and get cracking on setting those goals!

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