Year in, year out, I always manage to create a list of things I wish to do. You know, it’s just the general stuff like starting a new hobby, healthy eating or self-improvement. It dawned on me over the Christmas period that I’m happy with what I had achieved over the year and I completely dismissed my ‘New Years Resolution List’. Focusing on the current rather than trying to better yourself ahead of the game has made me a lot happier throughout 2016, and I want the same for 2017.
New Years Resolutions are more often than not quite unachievable. There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of a year and not having achieved a few goals you set yourself. You beat yourself up about it and go into the New Year feeling a bit miserable and unmotivated, which is one of the main reasons that this year I’m not setting myself any annual goals. If I’m going to set myself any goals, it will be for the month and ill set them small, so that there’s potential to exceed them. Then if I do exceed them I will be a lot happier and motivated.
To be honest, I don’t see why we set goals just because it’s a New Year. I think its best not to wait for the New Year to start, but when you think of something you want to achieve. “Begin your goals straight away” – that’s been my motto for the last few months and is something I’m carrying through with me into 2017. Why wait when you can kick start your dreams right now?
Enjoy the present and the rest will follow. I find that when you’re focusing on trying to achieve something its less likely to happen. If a goal is to achieve better grades, a promotion at work or working harder on your blog, then I say work a little harder all throughout the year and great things will come when you’re least expecting it. 2016 gave me so many amazing opportunities and achievements, and they were ones I didn’t even know were coming.
So, 2017 will be the year of smaller and achievable monthly goals. I’ll be working towards smaller things that could possibly grow into something bigger, because that sounds much more fun, right? There’s no list being made this year and I’m so happy about that. So many times myself and friends have made a resolution in the past, and when January 1st comes around we say “ah I’ll start next week”, so I’m scraping that and starting goals the day I think of them, I don’t want to regret it!
I wish you all a Happy and healthy New Year! What are your thoughts on annual resolutions?
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