It’s officially the New Year, and with the new year comes resolutions and goals. Yes, you read the correctly, resolutions and goals. See, there is a difference between the two and they are both so important as the year goes along. As you can imagine, both can be daunting and both can really cause you to shy away from it all. But there is no reason to feel this way, so let me explain what the difference between the two is exactly.
Resolution (n.): The act of resolving or determining upon an action, course of action, method, procedure, etc.
Goal (n.): The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
So basically, a resolution is an act of saying “I want to change this” or “I want to do this differently”. However, a goal is more of putting the resolution into action, it’s the action behind the resolution. So like, say you want to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year, how are you planning on doing that? Well, that’s the goal. So how exactly do you set your New Year Resolutions and how to set the goals to go along with them.
So the first thing you should do is reflect on your prior year. What went right and what went wrong, what you liked about the prior year and what you really did not like about the prior year. For example, I really didn’t like how anxious I was this past year. I feel like I let my anxiety really drive a lot of different things and that is something I want to change in the coming year. So one of my resolutions is that I want to spend 2018 trying to not be as anxious. But one thing I really loved about the prior year is that I really opened up and got more comfortable with myself being online, I truly let my insecurities go and just did what I wanted to do. In the coming year, I want to make it a point to continue to live that way and get even better at it.
The second thing you should do is reflect on what goals you set for yourself last year. What goals did you meet and what goals didn’t you met? Both are super important in order to move on into the coming year, to make the changes you need to. Did you achieve a fitness goal you set for yourself this year, or did you fall a little flat and that resolution get tossed to the side? Either way, it’s no good to worry about it, now is the time to make the goal of how to achieve it in the new year.
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That brings us to the third thing you should do, which is setting your resolutions. To really set them, you need to figure out what resolutions you want to set, so take a moment and think about this, what do you want to achieve this coming year? This could be one thing or a list of things. From wanting to stop eating out so much to not skipping the gym. Make your resolutions something you want to change in the coming year. This coming year I want to stop worrying about what others think about blogging and YouTube, and just put myself all into it. So my goal, what I goal would be is to do what I do and feel confident in the fact that I love it.
- Resolution: Get in better physical shape.
This brings us to the setting your goals, how do you plan on achieving those resolutions? Those are your goals. So like I mentioned early, my goal is to be more confident this year. These are your actions, this is your plan, this is you how. When I make resolutions, I like to also make a plan of action or a goal that I know I can achieve. For example, if you want to lose weight this year, make a goal for yourself that you know is reasonable for where you are at now. Start out by setting your goal to working out 2 times a week for the month of January and then moving on from month to month or whenever you feel like you can handle more.
- Goal: Workout 2 times a week for the month of January and increase monthly or as needed.
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Something that I find important and helpful is to put a time stamp on your goals. So if you want to get in physical shape, when exactly do you want to reach that goal. Or in how many months do you want to hit a milestone for twitter followers. If you read my 2017 New Year Goals then you know that I had wanted hit 1.5k on twitter (which I put 15k but I totally meant 1.5k) and I actually passed that goals and kept going. I’m currently at 4.6k on twitter which is just crazy! But that was a goal that I meant and I told myself I wanted to meet that goal by 2018! So when do you want to achieve you goal? Next month, in a few months, next year?
- Time: I want to hit a certain weight in 3 months and then a certain weight 3 months later, etc.
So if you are a visual person then take a few minutes and write down everything, your resolution, your goal, and you time stamp. If there is one thing I have learn over the past few years, it’s that writing is gold. You write something down, pin it to a wall, a mirror, your laptop, anywhere that you need it and you will be inspired to follow through. It’s almost like keeping yourself accountable. I personally like that write them in blog post, or talk about it in a video. But sometimes it’s even better to let a friend know or a family member know so they can help keep you accountable.
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Happy New Year!
Make 2018 an amazing year!
Love, Megan Anne
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