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How To Set Goals For The New Year

Are you someone who gets excited for the new year? Do you get sad to see anther year go? Or does it not really phase you that a new year is starting?

For as long as I can remember, I have had mixed emotions about one year ending and a new one beginning. We always celebrated when I was growing up by going out to a fancy dinner on New Year’s Eve and then cooking a huge meal at home on New Year’s Day. My dad made his infamous German Potato Salad, coleslaw and ham each year and it was something I looked forward to!

As I have gotten older however, it also makes me a little anxious that a whole year has passed. Especially since having Olivia, it seems like time is going so much faster and I would like it to slow down just a little! Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of 365 days of new possibilities in front of me. It also makes me a little sad that more days are behind me!

One thing is certain though, each year regardless of my feelings about the coming year, I find myself setting goals and making plans for the year to come! When I was younger, my best friend and I would write down our new year’s resolutions and tape them to the inside of our closet doors until the next year. My husband and I have also made goals for ourselves together some years!

This year, I am being very intentional when it comes to my hopes and goals for the new year! I have spent some time really reflecting on 2017 and figuring out what I want and where I see myself in 2018. There are a few things I have done in the past that help me not only set goals but CRUSH them in the new year!

I want to share with you five tips that will help you get ready for 2018! I hope you find these tips helpful!

1. Take Your Time Setting Your Goals

For me, this is the most important thing to do when you are making your goals for the new year. Don’t rush into picking out goals just for the sake of doing so. Take your time reflecting on what you want for your life and what you want to accomplish in the 365 days you have in the new year!

2. Make Sure Your Goals Are Realistic

I am a firm believer in having as many dreams and aspirations as you want! Never let anyone tell you to let go of your dreams, no matter how outrageous they may seem to other people. When you are setting your goals however, I think it is important to make sure they are realistic to where you are in your life right now. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t aspire to buy that dream house. But, if you need to work on your finances or just aren’t in a place to purchase a home then maybe one of your goals should be to pay off your debt instead. For me, if my goals are unattainable for the year coming up, it is almost discouraging. I focus on goals that I know I can complete in the calendar year!

3. Don’t Make Too Many Goals

I think this is another super important aspect to setting your intentions for the new year! If you decide on 25 goals, pick five of them that are the most relevant and significant to you. You want to make sure that you aren’t setting yourself up for failure by picking an unrealistic number!

4. Write Everything Down

Seriously, write down your goals. Tape the paper to your bathroom mirror or put it in your wallet. Keep it somewhere safe so you can keep yourself accountable. It is so easy to say the things you want to accomplish in the new year and then forget about them! This year, cross off the goal once you complete it and move onto the next one. Around this time next year, take out your paper and take a few minutes to see how far you have come! I promise you, it will feel good!

5. Make A Plan Of Action

Last but definitely not least, come up with a plan! How are you going to pay off that credit card? What steps are you going to take to finally lose that weight you have been talking about losing? Make a plan and put it into action!

For the first time in many years, I can honestly say that I am so content going into 2018! I am still working on my goals but I am so excited to get started and make 2018 my year! What are your goals for the new year?? Do you like making new year’s resolutions?? Don’t forget to comment below or e-mail me at karen@karensincerely.com! XOXO

 

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