New Years resolutions…
I don’t really believe in New Year’s resolutions because I think goals can and should be set and adjusted at ANY time. But, I can also appreciate the idea of the new year being a great opportunity for a new beginning. The holiday season is busy and chaotic. January is usually the time where everything settles down and gets back to a normal schedule so it presents itself as a good time to start something new. I get it! It is a good time to re-evaluate current goals or plan new ones for the coming year.
It was about this time last year I set goals for 2016. I had a main goal and two secondary goals and I even used a goal planning sheet to post them in my home office. I was quite proud of my organized self!
And, literally, three weeks into 2016 they promptly went to hell with a cancer diagnosis.
Obviously, my goals changed and I had to make a new plan. The end of 2016 looks very different than I thought it would but I still accomplished goals and in some ways even made unexpected progress.
My point is, flexibility is key. So many people make New Year’s resolutions in January only to find they have “failed” by February or March. Don’t look at resolutions as success or failure. Sometimes, they have to be adjusted out of necessity and sometimes just because you feel like it. If you find yourself “failing”, take the time to figure out why and re-adjust. Don’t just give up. Maybe the resolution you made wasn’t right for you or maybe you need a different plan to accomplish it.
Goals should be written down but they’re not chiseled into the sidewalk out front – they can be erased and rewritten. Trust me, it’s OK! I did not accomplish my original goals for 2016 so for me, 2017 is just another opportunity to begin again.
Take some time today to think about what you want to accomplish in your new beginning.
P.S. Here’s a printable Goals pdf to help you get started.