It’s a new year again, time runs so fast! Although people may believe that New Year is just another holiday, a reminder of us getting older, or just a day like another, I cherish this moment as one of the most important time of the year. New Year resolutions might sound cliché, but without New Year many of us would never take a moment to meditate on our lives and then decide to improve it.
Today, as you’re reading this, I want to challenge you. I want to challenge you into changing something about yourself and your life, not just the calendar on the wall 😉
Grab the chance this season offers you to really check your life, not just to follow the trend of New Year resolutions and then drop them half way the year.
Do you want this year to be better? I hope your answer is yes 🙂
Are you ready to plan a wonderful New Year and new life? Take yourself on a date for a couple of hours, grab your favorite notebook and pen, and let’s start!
Evaluate your life: reality check
Take a moment to check out your life. Start by asking yourself these simple questions:
- Is this the life I want to live?
- Am I happy? Am I proud of myself?
- If not, why?
- Could my life be better?
Be sincere and real in giving your answers. These questions might make you feel bad or down, wich is normal, but don’t let this discourage you! A reality check is necessary so you can have a strong reason to take action and a clearer picture so you can plan the steps you have to take to live the life you want.
After answering these questions, you will identify the areas of your life you want to work on. The basic areas are spiritual, relational, personal fulfillment, financial, physical, and mental.
- Do these things depend on me?
- What can I do to help the situation?
- What can’t I do?
Understand what is under your responsibility and what is not. On the other hand, accept what is outside your control and focus only on what you can do to make things get better.
Happiness is based on doing the best you can do and be content with what you can’t do without blaming yourself.
Have a vision for your life and set goals for this year
Besides knowing what needs to change in your life, the key to a fulfilled life is to live according to your life purpose and vision.
What does it mean to have a vision? Knowing how you want to die. What will people say about you at your funeral? The Vision for your life covers your dreams, your career, your relationships and how you will impact the world and others. Take a moment to try to find the purpose your Creator has given you to fulfill here on earth, set a vision for your life and set goals for this year.
Your dreams are actually a reflection of your purpose and calling here on earth. Read this article SIMPLE QUESTIONS TO FIND YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE and answer the questions to find out what is your purpose in life.
The best way to start your year is by starting to live your dreams! Identify your target dream for this year and the steps you have to take to get closer and closer to its fulfillment.
After answering the questions you may end up with a list of dreams. Now, you need to identify the target dream for this year. Ask yourself again:
- Which dream can I work on now?
- Which dream do I feel strongly motivated to do something about right now?
- Which dream would be easy to act on right now?
- What future dream could I start working on now to prepare or position myself to fulfill?
(From Dream Culture by Andy and Janine Mason)
So, once you have identified your target dream, break it into goals, then break each goal into actions you need to take.
Set your goals the S.M.A.R.T. way!
I’m sure you’ve already heard or read what you’ll find here, but often times (especially if you’re like me) we need to be reminded of the basic steps. Goals that are more likely to be fulfilled are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Specific.
- Specific: describe how your goal will look like once reached and how you will do it.
- Measurable: define specifically, as they were facts, what you want to carry out, how will you know you’ve reached your goal?
- Attainable: what depends on you and what doesn’t? How can you overcome the circumstances that are not under your control? Do you need to change your goal to make it more realistic?
- Relevant: Is it important to you? How important? If you wouldn’t reach it, how would you feel?
- Time-Specific: Have a deadline or a target time to reach your goal so you won’t procrastinate.
Smart goal example
Dream: I want to become a life coach.
Goal: I have to get a certificate to become a professional life coach.
S: I need to go to a Coaching school to get a professional training and get a certification.
M: The coaching school costs 4000 euros.
A: I don’t have the money I need yet. To meet that amount I can save 200 euros monthly with my current income, but in doing so it will take me 20 months before I can go to the school. I can cut this time by working on a side job so I can save 400 euros monthly, doing this will allow me to go to the school in only 10 months.
R: It is very important for me because I believe this is my calling in life, I love seeing people living their lives fulfilled while it angers me seeing people wasting their life in wrong ways. Not achieving this goal would leave me unsatisfied and unfulfilled.
T: I want to be able to go to the school by next year.
Plan your New Year
For each goal, you have to break them into smaller steps/actions/tasks that you can take and add them to your everyday life.
Simple planning formula: break your yearly goal into monthly goals + break your monthly goal into a to-do list for that month + divide your monthly to-do into weekly to-do lists + schedule your to-do tasks on your calendar and planner.
Goal example: Saving 4000 euros for coaching school.
To-do: cut unnecessary expenses like eating or having coffee and tea out, stop buying silly things I don’t need, eat at home as much as possible or pack meals and hot drinks, set a budget, find a side job.
January monthly goals: live within the budget of 180 euros, save 200 euros for the school and find a side job.
week 1: 30 euros for grocery and extra 10 euro for other expenses/emergencies, look on the internet for part-time jobs on the weekends
…and so on…
Evaluate every end of the month
At the end of each month review your results.
Did I succeed at my monthly goals? If yes, what worked? Repeat what worked and see if you can improve even more (but remember, small steps are the ones that will stick). If not, what didn’t work? What do I have to stop doing to succeed this month? What do I have to do to be successful this time?
The beginning of a New Year is the perfect time to start a new life! But, even if it’s not January, you can always decide to have a fresh new start, anytime is the best time for a good change!
Take time to check your life, to find your purpose, and to set your life goals and plans. This year start living your dreams! 🙂
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