Why do we focus on goals at the end of the year? Every year the same question arises, “What are your New Years resolutions?” And I, like most people sit there and spout off several goals for the next year. I went into a few years making no new resolutions but instead created challenges for myself a few months prior to starting the new year.
Many goals I set in the beginning of the year have not seen fruition however, the goals I set three months prior have been achieved. My problem with New Years resolutions is I want quick results without actually writing down tasks to help me achieve them. I got it all in my head organized, haha right! Does that mean I was not serious about the goal? Did I not focus on the actual goal? No but I did focus on how I can work toward the goal. This past year though I got heavily involved in journaling and creating art projects. As you can see I got several plus my art books as well.
As I reflect on 2020, I realized I did reach some new milestones that aim toward my goals. I was faced with unexpected health issues which lost my focus for a bit however, I did have time to research and learn from others.
The last 90 days of 2020 is when I put my focus on my goals for the next year. I already have a vision of what I want to see happen in 2021. I already started creating a system that is working for me so far. For my New Years resolution I will be defining my goals in more detail as well as challenging myself to become more creative with them.
These last 90 days have been an eye opener. I took action! Made change that have become part of my daily routine.
Key words for me as I go into 2021. “Clarity, creativity, and consistency”. I want to have define clarity with the direction I am going, challenge myself to be more creative, and being consistent in posting and sharing. I decided on these three words because they seem to fit well together.
“Why do we focus on goals at the end of each year?”
Goals provide a direction to move toward. People need direction to keep our focus on something. Remember life is the journey and goals help guide us down the path. Hope, motivation and inspiration. When people focus on setting goals at the end of the year they are looking for new inspiration, a change, a direction to help guide them into the new year.
New Year represents new beginnings, right? A clean slate, a fresh start. Although, every morning we wake up to a new day, new beginnings! Letting go of what is weighing you down.
- How can you change in the next year?
- What bad habit would you like to stop?
- Do you want to learn something new?
- Is there something or some place you really want to do/go?
The end of the year is a time for reflection
Goals give you something to strive for. It provides you hope that change can happen if you do the work. Goals are wishes that come true but it takes effort, focus, and action to make that wish a reality. I will never stop learning, growing, and challenging myself to try new things.
For the next year I will create new art challenges, design new products to display on my shop and get my health in check.
Do something that makes you happy. Keep pushing forward, learning and create!
To help you through the process of focusing on goal setting, here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
- What is my goal and what makes it so important to achieve this goal?
- What is my why? Why do I want to achieve this goal so badly?
- How important is it?
- Will I achieve this goal?
- How realistic is the timeline of this goal and my chance to achieve this goal in that amount of time?
- Is this goal worthy of my time and energy?
- When do I want to achieve this goal?
- Is this goal inline with my other goals?
- Write down the tasks needed to reach this goal?
- Does this goal seem a right fit for me and worthwhile of my time?
- How can I break these tasks to daily, weekly, and monthly tasks.
Breakdown the goal into daily tasks.
This past year I learned so much about goals and how to approach them. I truly believe that you must be extremely clear on what you want. Being crystal clear and very detailed in the tasks will help you visualize the end result. Putting a system in place and following through each day will help you reach your goals.
One day at a time
For example, yes I want to lose weight but I do not want to go on another diet. I must make changes to my eating habits for my health. I am getting older and I know from the experience of this year that I need to make a lifestyle change. So to prepare for this goal I decided that I need to change my eating habits to make healthier choices. This past year I have changed my eating habits by eliminating one or more unhealthy habits. Setting the foundation is how I look at it. I am not perfect but for the most part I have been doing really well.
Focus on my goal by creating a system to maintain long term.
As I continue to create a system of new habits each day it will help improve my health and lose the weight at the same time. A win win in my book! A system seems to be a more concrete way to support my goal. Eating whole foods will help me lower my blood pressure and cholesterol. Incorporating exercise of course is key to health.
Do you set long term goals of 5 years?
Setting 5 year goals give you something to strive for. Those are the big ones! Breaking them down so you do a little something toward that big goal each day. It may feel like something but next thing you realized you achieved that big goal.
Find time to sit and think about what you want. A lot has happened this year which causes us to change up things in our lives. Taking time to reflect, process, and reevaluate can help you reach new heights in 2021.
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Have a happy New Years.