New year, new you
You have goals that you want to achieve. Things you want to do. Ambitions you want to pursue.
So, this is it. 2017 is the year you are going to do all of the above. You’re going to exercise more. You’re going to spend less and save more. You’re going to complete your school work ahead of schedule. And you will be motivated throughout the semester. You’ve got this. It’ll be simple, right?
After all, it is already January 23 and the first week of classes.
Although its always easier to “say” we are going to do these things as part of our New Year’s resolutions, achieving your goals doesn’t just have to start on January 1. The start of the semester is a great time to reinvest in your goals and make a commitment to achieving them.
- Find your inspiration. You first have to take some time to reflect. What goal or aspiration are you looking to achieve? Is it something physical? Is it a lifestyle change? Is it a habit you’re trying to break? Whatever it is, take the initial step to identify the “you” you ultimately want to be.
- Set your goals. Be “SMART.” We’ve all heard of “SMART” goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). Consider making changes on a small scale, so that you can actually accomplish them this year. Want to go back to school? Apply for one school a week. Want a new job? Start reviewing your resume. It’s this first goals-setting step that can lead to great things.
- Take action. Without action, you just have words on paper. Take these words – and your inspiration to make a change – and work at it. Day by day, week by week, month by month. You’ll be thankful for the progress you can make when you are inspired to do something that is true to who “you” are.
Your commitment to your goals and to a new “you” doesn’t have to be intimidating. Having trouble sticking to your goals? No judgment here. Every day is a new day.