The last few weeks of 2016 were so extremely busy that I had trouble scheduling posts for The Scrape but I am back! 😀 I hope everyone has had a brilliant start to the new year and, of course, a lovely few days with family and friends.
Like every year, January seems to be the month for people to suddenly come up with ambitious resolutions and goals that by February have been forgotten.
A few days ago I found a list of goals that I had written in February 2016.
There were 19 things on that list that I wanted to achieve. Some of them were easy and some of them I honestly thought I would never do. To my surprise I realised that I had in fact done 16 of those things. I was suddenly immensely proud of myself.
The three things that did not happen in 2017 moved onto this year’s list.
In other cases, I took the goal from 2016 and decided to expand on it this year.
For example, one of the items was to take better care of myself mentally.
For this year, I want to continue working on that but I also added that I’d like to take care of myself physically. However way that may be.
The important thing that I did was I sat down, thought about my goals for a long while and then I put the list away. Out of sight, out of mind. But somehow, subconsciously I was working towards them after all.
Normally, I would guilt-trip myself into doing something but that is never a good way.
You should appeal to the positive and never the negative. By not looking at my goals daily I did not put the pressure on myself as I normally would.
This works differently for everyone. Some people need to look at their list to motivate themselves towards their goal, others might choose to burn their list or stuff it away in a drawer.
There is no right or wrong way. You just need to figure out what works best for you.
I have the 2017 list here right next to me and I’m going to put it far away from my eyes to only pull it back out when I have the urge to.
What are your goals for 2017? What do you expect of the new year and what are you going to do about it?
Lots of luck, love and health for the new year.