Why New Year Resolutions don’t work for me

So they say “never write a new blog post with ‘Its been a while since my last post’ or ‘Sorry its been so long'” So I won’t go there… but you know…

This last year I have been slowly getting into planning and using paper diaries and planners. (Did you know there is a HUGE online community of “planner girls” and “planner nerds” thats what they call us… Like its HUGE!!!) anyway I am really enjoying it as a creative outlet for me as well as an inspiration for me to get myself more organised and motivated.

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One of my weekly diary pages

In December while looking at different blogs on planning and goal setting I stumbled across an amazingly inspirational blog by Lara Casey. She has been blogging recently about goal setting and how to create realistic and meaningful goals. To see her steps head here to her blog and check it out.

I have never been very good at New Year Resolutions, I start well, but give it a couple of weeks and its forgotten. Then December 31 rolls around again and I start with a new set or repeat the ones I had from the year before. This is why I don’t believe in New Years resolutions. Maybe they work for you, and that is awesome but for me there is too much pressure to have the right goals set, the right time frame, is it challenging enough? is it realistic? And all those questions swimming around in my head and it all becomes just too overwhelming.

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What is so magical about the 1st of January? Why do goals need to be made by that date? Why can’t I make goals on the 12th of January? or the 9th of August? Yes it is the beginning of a new Year and everyone loves the idea of a clean slate, what the year can turn into, but what about when the 2nd of January comes around and already the year is not turning out like what you had planned?

I believe any day is a good day to set meaningful goals and make plans. Any day is a great day to choose to make your life more meaningful, to live your life on purpose and to start making plans and stargazing on how to make that happen.

One of the comments that Lara Casey shared is “where do you want to be when you are 80 years old?” I love this!!! Are the goals you are setting helping you to reach that? What do you want to have done, what do you want to be remembered for? Where do you want to be in your life? These questions help you to set goals that are meaningful.

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So this year I have set some goals to reach by the end of the year, and I also have some monthly goals, but I am not finished setting goals and I am not sure if I ever will be. I like that I am flexible to create a goal in the middle of the year that I can reach by 2017. I have thought about where I want to be and what I want to have done by the end of 2016, and then also, do these goals help me reach where I want to be when I’m 80.

So If you missed January 1st or you haven’t set any goals yet, don’t wait to the end of this year to set some, you can start now. Think not only about what the goal is but the why behind it, why is this important, and let the why of your goal drive you to meet the goal. Pray and ask God to dream and plan with you. The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9 

Lets live a more meaningful life and start right where we are at now.

Kate xo

 

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