The holidays are in full swing; Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas is right around the corner, and then the beloved New Year celebrations. This time of year, always brings so much joy to be with family and friends. Sitting around the table talking about what the past year has brought. All the wonderful adventures life has taken us on and the accomplishments that have happened throughout the year. Now it is time to reflect on what has been and start brainstorming what the next chapter in life will bring.
At the end of the year, the words “New Year’s Resolutions” are will be thrown around the week leading up to and right after the New Year. Social media will be blasting everywhere all about the goals for 2017. Then it quickly fades, just like most resolutions that were set for the year. Instead of your goals fading away, make 2017 count by thinking about what you want to cultivate.
Goals are a great way to create a vision for the life that is wanted to be lived. Writing down things to cultivate throughout the year allows you to be in the driver’s seat of life and set the location you want to go. Cultivating takes work, but when it is time to harvest the efforts, it is very rewarding.
Creating clear goals provides an end destination. When farmers start preparing the land to plant, they know what type of seed needs to be planted to create the desired harvest. Goals should be treated the same way – knowing what you want to create at the end of the year will help preparation. Another way to look at it would be planning for a vacation. Choosing where you want to go is the first step, then mapping out the best route is the next step. The best thing about having a plan is, when life gets in the way, it helps direct to the end destination.
As potential goals are being identified for 2017, ponder if this goal is a best fit. Throughout the holidays, family and friends will get together and talk about all their accomplishments. It is easy to compare yourself to everyone around you and feel that the life you are living is not enough. Feelings of inadequacy, comparison and disappointment may arise in your mind. Remember that the life you are living is just where you need to be. If there is something missing, then create a plan on how to get there and do not become discouraged. Just make sure that the plan supports the life you want to create and not something to keep up with everyone around you. This cycle of “keeping up with the Joneses” is unfulfilling because instead of building the life you want; it is building a life of a dream that can never be reached. This year, create a life you want to live by creating goals.
Do not stress about what you want to accomplish this year. There is not one magic formula to create the perfect goal, but it does help to have someone who can support you along your journey. Is there a friend or relative you could ask to get together to talk about the progress you are making? This allows you to not only accomplish the goals that were created with accountability but deepens relationships as well.
Here is to the adventures in 2017!