Creating Achievable Goals Instead of New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone! 2017 was quite the roller coaster ride, with ups and downs like I’ve never experienced before. The highs were the highest I’ve ever been (marriage, buying a house) and the lows were deep valleys (re: Trump everything). When we look back on 2017, it’s important to focus on only the things that went well and not so well that we can actually do something about.

New Year's Resolutions

I’ve never been a huge fan of those broad New Year’s resolutions we all make that do little more than set us up for failure all over again.

Check out this standard list of New Year’s resolutions.

  1. Exercise more
  2. Get organized
  3. Get a promotion
  4. Make more money
  5. Be a better stepmom

Resolutions like these are admirable, but they’re big and intimidating. And when we slip up, we feel like 2018 is automatically a bust, so we resort right back to our 2017 state of mind. Instead, let’s build on our successes and failures, creating achievable goals instead of New Year’s resolutions.

Make these small goals things you can get to in a specified amount of time, because if you don’t, chances are you’ll lose your way. What does “exercise more” even mean? How can you track it? What tools do you need to get more organized, and what are you using organization to achieve? If you want to give up red meat, what are you replacing it with? Why do you want to stop eating meat? What small, trackable goals can you set for yourself to lead you down the path to these broader resolutions?

Let’s try to set ourselves up for success instead, with goals we can actually keep track of. After all, who doesn’t love being able to actually check something off of a list as accomplished?

goals checklist

Try This List Instead.

  1. Complete my Beachbody 80 day challenge without quitting.
  2. Fill out my Happy Planner every day for a month.
  3. Get my first sponsored blog post.
  4. Take on 10 freelance writing assignments in one month.
  5. Spend two hours each weekend reading stories with my stepdaughter.

(Psst! I’ve had people asking me about the Happy Planner, so I found you a link on Amazon. There are lots of other amazing planners and accessories to go with, so browse around!)

Doesn’t that feel better?

Take these achievable goals one month at a time. Mark them off as you complete them. Miss a goal one month? No problem! When you create resolutions goals that are actionable and small, you can hit the reset button every month. That way, you’ll never feel too discouraged to keep going because you’ve failed at that one big thing.

That list above is the one I’m using as a jumping off point for this year. What are your goals for 2018? Leave them in the comments below so that we can encourage one another and provide some accountability!



Happy New Year!

Beth Ann

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