The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals. ~Melody Beattie
Whenever the end of one year approaches, we start looking ahead to the next with renewed enthusiasm and drive. It’s the time for a fresh start, a new beginning that could herald a change for the better. And although I’m not a fan of setting resolutions for resolutions’ sake, I do believe in setting realistic and exciting goals.
Thi is the time of year I actually love. I like to plan my annual goals by quarter as that allows me to then be hyper-focused on only a few goals at a time.
Outside of the usual goals most people make year after year (lose weight, stop smoking, get a better job), there are some life-changing goals I think we all can aim for in some capacity to help us lead more interesting, exciting, and better lives overall!
5 Life Changing Goals For The New Year
Debt drives us all insane at times. But there is always something you can do to start chipping away at it. If you want to be debt free, you’ve got to tackle what you owe head on. Throw your savings at them, stop creating new debt, and even consolidate them if you have to. Visit specialist websites like debtconsolidationloans.com to see how it can be done without much pain. Once you’ve finally freed yourself financially, you’ll be able to use your hard earned money for other goals you have.
Saving For A Fabulous Future
There are so many ways to save. If you have any spare change at the end of a night out, or you’re willing to live in a smaller place for a little while, you can save more. Give up alcohol for a year, or candy, or anything you know you shouldn’t be indulging in anyway. Get a second job. Make it all worthwhile by writing out a list of what you’re saving for. A pension, a house, a vacation, or a better education? All very worthy reasons for a little bit of sacrifice now for a brighter and more fabulous future.
A Better Job / Start a Business
If you want to climb another rung of the ladder, you might to do one of two things. You might head back to school and earn a different or higher level degree. Or you might put together a detailed portfolio of achievement and include images, write-ups, and descriptions and factor in how much money you’ve generated for the company through your skills, if possible. When it’s all done, pop that under the nose of your boss and ask for a promotion!
Or if you’re looking to start a business on the side, there are lots of resources to help you figure out where to start. This will take discipline, passion, and a high level of desire to pull off but you can do it. Want to start a catering company, create websites, write books? It can all be done with great time management skills and support from your circle.
Learn Something New
Did you know that every new experience we have changes our brains in some way? New scientific theories support the notion that stimulating your brain with new and interesting experiences will make for a healthier and happier life!
In addition, new experiences and stimulation make us feel alive and vibrant. Visiting new places, learning a new language, or doing some you’ve always done in a different way work to build fresh neural pathways that not only sharpen your intelligence but build your self-confidence as well. So aim to learn something new this year!
A Healthier Mind, Body, and Soul
Who wouldn’t want a healthier mind, body, and soul? For that new body they’re looking for, the trick is to start small and take your time. A lot of people start the new year with good intentions and start exercising a lot but their motivation quickly dwindles. So don’t try to make a whole lot of changes all at once. Get a trainer if you must so you can find a pace that works best for you.
For the mind, find things that will increase your memory retention, learn to be more productive, and do brain exercises that will allow you to think more clearly.
For the soul, create more positive self-talk so you can be more confident in yourself and try to improve your emotional wellness.
Over to you
I know you’ll have your own list of goals for the new year but these 5 noted here can be life-changing as well!
Have you started to plan for the new year? What activities will you do to help keep you accountable?