8 Easy Ways to Keep Your New Year Goals

We all have our own aspirations and outlooks for the new year.  It can be a daunting task to write those resolutions.  I still remember that assignment each year in school.  Rarely was there a follow up or a check in to that assignment.
So I’m going to give you 8 ways to better tackle your aspirations for 2017.
  1.  No Resolutions!  You’ll notice that I’m very careful not to call them resolutions.  When we make New Year Resolutions, we tend to distance ourselves from that word, reserving it only for the New Year.  I like to use the words; goals, aspirations, and plans, but not resolutions.  We tend to relate more to these words and I think they can carry throughout the year.
  2. Don’t make a goal without a plan.  If your goal is to “learn Spanish” (one of mine actually) then it’s not enough to say, “I’m going to learn Spanish in 2017.”  How do you plan to do that?  You’ll need a road map.  Now the hardest part to this is that sometimes you really don’t know what you should be planning for.  I’m still having serious struggle with this as far as my blog goes, mainly because I don’t know the tools available or what steps would be the most appropriate or efficient to get from point a to b.  Talk to people who have accomplished this goal, ask in facebook groups, and research like there is no tomorrow.  For the “learn Spanish” goal, I want to use a free service (naturally) and Duolingo is going to be my how to my point b.
  3. Too broad a plan.  It might be unrealistic that I learn to be fluent in Spanish by Dec 31, 2017.  So in order to avoid giving up, or becoming discouraged, I need to realize that I get where I get, when I get there.  If I think about checking into Duolingo daily, and see where the road takes me, I’ll be pleasantly surprised at my progress, instead of my frustration that I’m not a master at a second language.  Which brings me to…
  4.  A major goal needs sub goals:  Learn Spanish is a big goal to me.  So for me, I’ll need to break that down into easier to handle chunks.  I’ll start out by visiting Duolingo daily, even if that is to revisit lessons I’ve already completed just to reinforce what I have learned.  I’ll not be in a rush.  And once I’ve completed every Duolingo lesson, I’ll search for a better option based on my level of comprehension.  However, I know where I’m starting (small) and where I can go next if needed.
  5. Is it Hocus Pocus?:  I miss that movie already.  I miss the holidays already.  And it’s scientifically proven that we actually get more enjoyment out of the planning of an event, such as a vacation or party, than we actually do living that moment out in time.  It makes sense when you think about it. The anticipation brings us joy.  So, let’s use this to our benefit!  Journaling and dream board creations work.  There are books and websites solely dedicated to the law of attraction, and therefore it is a commonly accepted term nowadays.  Like attracts like.  You get what you send out.  Creating vision or dream boards, and journaling in the correct way, can be really good for us.  Start thinking about what you want and be as specific and creative as you like.  Journal daily or weekly, but always with the mindset that you already have what you want.  You’ll get the feel good anticipation endorphins, and you’ll also send that notion into the world.  If you need help getting started with this, be sure to join my list, because I’ll be sending out an email to help you grasp this idea.
  6. Put some silly goals on the list.  Start out with some goals you know you can accomplish.  Wash the car.  Clean out the junk drawer.  They don’t all have to be long and laborious goals.  As you cross off these more manageable goals, you will get the motivation to accomplish your larger goals.
  7. Uh Oh.  I haven’t logged into Duolingo in a week, 2 weeks, a month, 2 months, and I feel like just giving up.  DON’T!  “Better late than never”, should be your motto if it’s something you really want to accomplish.   I would rather be a 6 month Spanish learner, than a zero month Spanish learner.
  8. Priorities, Priorities, Priorities…..  Everyone is busy.  There are those people that tend to get more done in their day than others, and you wonder if they have some time machine that’s adding a few hours to their timeline somewhere.  But here’s the non sugar coated reality.  If you really wanted to make a change in your life, and it’s really an important goal to you, you’ll make the time to do it.  Think of it as a job, think of it as life and death, put it before something you HAVE to do if necessary.  Do 5 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at lunch time and 10 minutes at dinner time, and 5 minutes before bed.  That’s 30 minutes right there… and you can manage that!  If you don’t see this as important, it will get overlooked.  If it’s not important, it probably shouldn’t be on your 2017 goal list.  So if it makes it there, it’s important.