How To Achieve New Year’s Goals

The end of 2016 is officially upon us and boy, what a year it’s been! I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2017 and how I want to do things a bit differently this year. Interestingly enough I did have one big goal for 2016 and that was to start this blog and be consistent with it. More importantly, I wanted to have fun with it as I was in need of a creative outlet when I started after the New Year last year. And even though I wasn’t as consistent as I had hoped toward the end of the year, I try not to be negative about my shortcomings because I think that’s SUPER important in anything you do. With that being said, our goals should motivate and inspire us to become better people in our relationships, careers and lives. If you haven’t yet, grab a pen and paper because it’s time to start anew. Happy New Year, friends!

Be Positive
Even when your goals aren’t going according to plan. Remaining positive is always at the forefront of my mind mainly because I find it’s what I struggle with most. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning with work, keeping up with friends and everything that comes with blogging (photography, social media, writing, etc.). Even when I’m overwhelmed, I try my best to stay positive mainly for my mental health but also because “positive mind, positive vibes, positive life”. You know the drill.

Be Realistic
Set goals that are achievable! If you set unrealistic goals, you’ll likely end up beating yourself up after feeling like a failure or burning yourself out trying to get there. For example, I’ve struggled with exercise and going to the gym for as long as I can remember. In 2017, I want to try to be more physically active at home by getting an easy exercise routine down before I head off to work. Once I get into a good routine, I’ll take the gym plunge.

Remind Yourself
Oddly enough, I don’t remember writing down any of my goals last year. I just kept them in my brain, which probably wasn’t the best idea. I’m taking my own advice this year and will make sure I write everything down on paper. It’s also a good idea to keep your goals somewhere you can see them everyday. That way you’re constantly reminded of what you’re doing a good job with and what needs a little more TLC.

Baby Steps
I’m not the most patient person, but I’ve definitely gotten a lot better over the past year. When I don’t see the results I want after days, weeks and months of hard work, it can be extremely discouraging. I’m sure many of you can relate. Sadly, that’s just the way life works and it’s important to keep the idea of “baby steps” in mind to keep you from feeling frustrated and unmotivated.

One Big Goal
The best way to give your undivided attention to a goal that is rather time-consuming is to only focus on that one big goal for 2017. You’ll be able to accomplish more than if you set three big goals and try to give each one the same amount of attention. As I previously mentioned, my one big goal for 2016 was this blog and I had other small goals that didn’t feel too overwhelming or impossible to accomplish.

Good luck with all of your 2017 goals! It’s going to be an AMAZING year and I couldn’t be more excited for it. A quick thank you to anyone who has been reading my posts throughout the year – your support is TRULY appreciated! Much love to you all.

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