New Year’s Resolutions? let's switch it up!

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The new year! A refreshing, revitalizing, renewing feeling rushes over us and we are ready for everything we expect the new year to have in store for us.

A new car, a new set of friends, a new fitness routine, a new you, a new life. And 2018 can very well be that year!

But wait! The new year—the drop of a ball, fireworks, parties and a countdown are not the catalysts for a completely new life. Is it? The second the clock strikes midnight, we are excited to throw ourselves into these new lives. Less than 2 months later, we are burnt out, back to our past routines, sitting on the couch living a mundane life. We can’t stay motivated. What are we missing? The key is making a real choice and following through with it. Nothing is going to change until you have decided within yourself to make specific choices, step by step, that will lead to a different life.

So what goals do you want to reach within the new year?

” We have so much going on: school, job, and overall life. So much, that it gets difficult for balance to happen and to look at the big picture. So think about what goal you can create to create balance in yourself, your relationships, your career.

Not everyone is going to jump on the bandwagon for your dreams and goals for various reasons. And that’s okay because everyone is not ready to go where you’re going. Your vision may only be clear to you. And your voice of faith must be stronger and louder than the voices that tell you that your dreams and goals are unrealistic or too big. Don’t let other people’s doubt turn into you doubting yourself.  

So set your goal.

You want to eat healthier? You want to lose weight? You want more meaningful connections? Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal. One of the main reasons we flake on our resolutions is because they are not S.M.A.R.T: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based.

Specific is the precise thing you want to see in your life. Make it specific to you, not specific to the you the world, your family or friends expect you to be. If you want to lose weight, then your specific goal can be “I want to lose 30 pounds so that I can participate in the Breast Cancer Awareness Race.” “I want to spend more time with my friends and be more open within my friendships and relationships, so I will spend time with family and/or friends once a week, working out, going to a museum, park, just having more meaningful conversations and quality time.

How do I MEASURE that?

Use checkpoints! Check your progress every two weeks or month by how many pounds you’ve lost, how many cups of fruit you’re adding/maintaining in your diet each week. How much money are you saving and investing in your business to grow your money. Measure your progress by numbers. Map out an idea or image of what you want to see at each growth checkpoint. Another measurement is asking for feedback from your friends and relationships you are working to improve.

Achievable does not always mean realistic. Achievable means possible for you. If you know you do not like getting up early, do not create a goal that requires you to get up at 4am every day to go to the gym. Set a goal where you work out after work or Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Or another example, you want to obtain your Master’s degree in Architecture by the end of May. Well, do you have a Bachelor’s or the core courses to pursue a Master’s. We are not saying dream big, but you have to start somewhere and sometimes that means starting small or at the beginning and working your way up. But remember to never give up.

When your goal is relevant, your goal fits into your life. Yes, you will be intentionally making changes to things within your life, but your goal makes sense to what you want your life to be. For example, I want to connect with two small businesses within my community to add two projects to my marketing portfolio. My goal is relevant because I went to school for marketing and that’s a field I want to pursue. But if I said, I want to create 10 new art pieces for an exhibit, that’s not so relevant. That’s not to say, I can’t have passions apart from a degree I’ve worked for, but if my focus is getting my marketing career started, then my specific goal should align with marketing.

Time-based is holding yourself accountable with a deadline. By what date do you want to reach your goal. The end of the year? Within the first 4 months of the New Year? Time-based and Measurable go hand-in-hand. Whatever your target date is, use your checkpoints to keep yourself motivated and progressing toward your deadline. A deadline pushes you to get something done in a certain amount of time so it doesn’t roll over into 2019.

Set your S.M.A.R.T. goals and follow through!

Happy New Year, everyone! And don’t forget to enjoy the little moments of the new year that makes up this thing called life.

Tell us how do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions? What goals have you set for yourself.