Its that time of year again, isn’t it? When everyone feels like they get to have a fresh start, turn a new leaf, write a new chapter as we begin a new year. I don’t see anything wrong with it to be honest, new year resolutions. I actually think its hilarious that the same old typical pessimists that need to change the most, are the first ones to tear people down. They make fun of people for having ‘new year, new me’ status’ yet they’re the ones that need to take a long hard look at themselves. Negativity breathes negativity, if they feel the need to do so then leave them to it!
I’ve been writing my blog for over 3 years now and even though its become sporadic over the past year, I still enjoy reading back over what I’ve done and what I set out to do. In January I wrote this blog (Click here to read), about my goals for 2016. Not all of them I’ve achieved, but I can proudly say we did buy our first home! Which is one ticked off the life goals for us!
If that was all I achieved this year I was always going to be happy! In 2016, just as I turned 26 we moved into #26! Coincidence?
This post is about how you reflect on your year and if you’re happy with yourself, because every day is a fresh start on how to change it. That’s why I believe in positivity and goal setting, whether it’s every year/month/week/day. A lot of my goals this year were to be active, fit and healthy. Although I started off with great intentions and did achieve some personal goals in the first half of the year (I’ll be the first to admit that my ‘healthy living’ fell by the wayside from the Summer). I’m using January 1st as my fresh start to try and change my lifestyle. It’s not about how many times you fail, its about how many times you get back up and try again!
I had a lot of running goals for 2016 and I didn’t achieve half of them (no mini marathon for charity or half marathon). But that doesn’t make me any less proud of the fact that I ran a mile a day in May (31 miles in 31 days!) or that I completed my first Spar Great Ireland 10km Run in my remaining PB of 69 mins (from 2015) or the fact that I ran 148.5kms in 2016. I’m going to use this as fuel for 2017 because I know that life gets in the way and that sometimes your goals get pushed out or prolonged – doesn’t mean they aren’t still achievable!
I also had great intentions to see the world this year! Like many of us do, with a lot of places on our bucket list. But unfortunately you can’t have everything and so our travel was hindered with our savings. But, that doesn’t mean we didn’t get to have a short stint in Spain and a trip to Glasgow with the family! Travel is always a strong burning desire in me, but sacrifices have to be made sometimes. 2017 I’m going to try get back on an aeroplane and see some places I’ve never been to before!
“A destination without a road map is a wish.”
You need to take control of your own goals and consider the steps you have to take to get there. Nothing is given to you without hard work and dedication. If you don’t have steps to follow than your goal is only a wish and won’t ever become realistic. Sometimes a goal seems too far-fetched, but if you break it down and take it one day at a time then you’re on the right track. For example, saving for a mortgage is pretty daunting and you feel like you’ll never get there (especially at the start). But with a little structure and keeping track monthly you can check in and see that your on the right route. Similarly it can be said for running, you don’t think about running the full 21km (half marathon) on the first go. You take it day by day and gradually you learn that each day you get stronger and you can run a little longer.
Life is a little more enjoyable when you have something to work towards and you aren’t wishing the days away. I’m not saying you need to have a goal for every aspect in life but it’s nice to wake up in the morning and know that going to work has a purpose.
I’m already putting together my 2017 goals! As I get older the more fearless I feel I’ve become. Nothing seems to big or bold anymore, actually it feels more exciting and inspiring! With age I seem to be gaining more confidence to push outside my comfort zone. If I’ve never done something before, I’m even more determined to try it now. Remember, Debbie Reynolds never danced before she stared in Singing in the Rain!
These are my top tips I’ll consider when setting my goals for 2017!
- Review the previous year & highlight what you achieved and what you need to work on!
- Make sure your goal is SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic with a time frame.
- Vision Board
- Create a plan – what steps do you need to take
- Break it down – take one goal on a month
- Change it up – life happens and sometimes you need to re-evaluate!
- Stay Motivated – small rewards as you achieve your goals