Happy 2020! We are more than halfway through January and time seems to be flying by rather quickly. With the new year, many of us like to create new goals, resolutions, and ideas that encourage us to do better or change something we do not like. We typically create these goals towards the end of December, but sometimes we need that extra time to really think about what we want to accomplish. So here we are, talking about goals and habits we hope to change and improve on!
If you’re someone that needs extra motivation or ideas, keep reading for some inspiration!
After a crazy and hectic 2019, I like to look back at what I previously wrote down and reflect on my original goals. 2019 focused on maintain a positive, persistent, and proactive mindset. Here’s a small general list of goals:
1. More varied cardio exercises
2. Jumpstart personal project
3. Start investing
4. Keep applying for anything and everything
5. Stress less about literally everything
6. Travel anywhere and everywhere
7. More tea, less coffee to reduce caffeine
As I reflect back, there are multiple habits I wanted to improve upon and change. I also wanted to complete projects for myself and feel extremely proud of myself for doing it! I now enjoy running more than I thought, I have a website blog ;), I literally applied to everything (jobs, schools, programs, etc.) and landed a pretty neat job, and overall expanded new habits. Of course, I did not cross everything off my list, but a little goes a long way. I am still working on stressing less and being more positive about my future, I started some investments in the year and need to continue this trend, and I am still an avid coffee AND tea drinker. Even with a couple setbacks, this gives me more motivation to rewrite and recreate my goals and challenges.
2020 Goals and Challenges
With this year, I start off by creating a motto that aligns with all of goals. Last year I stayed positive, persistent and proactive. This year, I am starting off with “I will do my best to...” This allows me to do my best at everything because I want to make an active effort to improve and change in these areas. Even if I do not accomplish everything by the end of the year, I know that I did my best and I should not fault myself for trying.
Here is a small general list:
1. Attend church at least 1-2 times a month
2. Run 2 miles by the end of the year
3. Stay mindful about finances and spending
4. Complete one of these at least once:
-Book, Video Game, Anime series, Visit a state/country, and 5K Run
5. Support more local and small businesses
6. Spend less on coffee and boba
7. Spend less time on social media and phone
8. Be more confident about how I dress, look, and act
9. Say “thank you” instead of ”I’m sorry”
10. Take Charlie on a walk 1-2 times a week
11. Expand my cooking and baking skills
Although these are not all of my goals for the year, a few are very personal to me and I will keep those private. However, I am motivated and inspired to do so much this upcoming year. Majority of these are improving or changing habits and overall character development. My goals this year are also more specific and less generic. If you’ve ever heard of SMART goals, there is some truth to this philosophy. I will continue to share my progress (which has been working out pretty good so far!) throughout the year. So feel free to join me on this journey!
Need Some Inspiration?
If you’re struggling to create goals or resolutions, here are some helpful tips!
1) Nothing is too big or small! Do what makes you happy and feel self-improved
2) Measure your goals - set “deadlines“ or create a time table, reflect on your progress
3) Write them down - writing it down gives you solidarity and reassurance
4) Hang your goals somewhere to view - the more you make your goals visible to your eyes, the more likely you’ll read them
5) Make them personal - no one else will know about what you want to change or resolve, so feel free to get deep or keep it simple
6) Work at your own pace - social media makes it harder for us because we see everyone’s highlights and their progress, but remember that ”comparison is the thief of joy.” Focus on you and you only!
Even though the “New Year” is already underway, don’t hesitate to create new resolutions, challenges, or goals. For many of us, it takes a little extra time to really think clear and hard about what we want to achieve. At the end of the day, no one can make us do anything. Everything begins with what we want and how active we want to be. So let’s embark on this journey together and keep pushing forward!
Thank you for reading, fellow viewer, and I hope your journey through 2020 starts strong and that the momentum keeps going.
January 21st, 2020