Okay so I’m
never not usually a New Year’s kind of a person. In the past I’ve strayed from setting New Year’s ‘goals’ because if I didn’t reach my goals then I’d just feel really bad about myself, so I’d set more goals to fix that and it’s a crappy cycle.
Then in the middle of 2017 an odd thing happened. I randomly made a list of blogging goals that I wanted to achieve and then I spent the rest of the year crossing them off…and I actually crossed almost all of them off! It felt bloody good and achieving my goals felt kind of like a drug. Let’s just call it…a natural high? So I decided I’m changing things up and setting goals for 2018, and here’s why:
I think the beauty of goals is that when you look at them all together, you can see a kind of direction to your life forming. Now that it’s 2018 and I’m setting goals, I’m breaking them down into sections as well. So career, blogging, fitness etc and I’ll go from there. Setting goals (even if you adapt or change them throughout the year) will give you an outlet to set a course for yourself. Goals can help you decide where you want to go and what you can do to actually get there. For the first part of 2017 I felt like I was flailing (AKA “what am I doing with my life?!”) and I think if I had set some goals earlier then that really would’ve helped keep those feelings at bay.
Sometimes the end of the year rolls around and I start getting reflective and I’m just thinking, what the hell did I even do this year? Obviously I did things, I did things in 2017 that I’d never done before and I left my comfort zone a lot. I even tackled a lot of my anxiety [read that post here] but without any of these things written down….it’s like I forgot I even did them? Writing down goals and then ticking them off means that I can visually see all the things that I’ve accomplished. Actually seeing all of the things there together makes you feel really proud and like you’ve done a lot within the year. I didn’t even make a full list for 2017 but even just seeing all of the blogging goals I ticked off made me want to give myself a big ‘ol pat on the back. Good job me.
Usually if you’ve taken the time to write down a goal it’s because some part of you somewhere, even if it’s really deep down wants to achieve that. Do you see me writing down a goal to eat more asparagus? Oh hell to the no, because no part of me, no cell in my body wants to do that. Sometimes when I think of something I want to achieve I think to myself, “oh that’s too difficult/not achievable/not going to happen- I’m not going to be able to do that so why even try.” Ahem, yes that’s how my mind works. My mind however also loves achieving things (and crossing things off lists) and if I’ve written a goal down then my god I want to do it, even if it’s difficult. Without setting and having goals, I find I too easily stay within my comfort zone and I just don’t push myself enough.
So hello 2018 and hello goals, I’m coming for you. (<<that kind of sounds like the beginning of a Liam Neeson movie but you get the drift…)