I’m not really big on New Year’s resolutions (well, at least not anymore), they tend to lead to disappointments and I much prefer to avoid those. However, you could argue that I do in fact make New Year’s resolutions or that I make them all year round. If you’re interested in finding out what they are then keep reading.
The New Year’s resolutions you should make for 2017:
It sounds simple enough. This is what I tell myself at the end of every calendar year (or, like I said, throughout the year). I tell myself to keep believing, stay committed and keep pushing. Because the only obstacle in most cases is just you. If you can get past your limited view of yourself then you can really start living. And because the advice to keep going is so basic, it is unlikely to backfire. In essence, another year is just a continuation of your former existence, and nothing more than that. So just keep going like you have been and one day your hard work will pay off.
If you should strive for anything, it’s to do more and be better than you were before. As a human being and in your career. As long as you continually set yourself goals, you can never get bored or feel complacent. Take a look at your achievements this year. Are you happy with how far you’ve come? Is there still more that you could do? Therein my friend lies your goals for 2017.
Take baby steps
It’s great to shoot for the moon but you must understand that success (like I’ve said before) is the accumulated result of years of hard work and dedication to your craft, so you cannot expect fast results. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying to you. Make a realistic plan of what you want to achieve by the end of the year – it could be anything from gaining confidence to learning new skills in your chosen career. Work on specific goals but take baby steps. This is not to say that you shouldn’t aim high (not at all), but you should be humble enough to know that you still have a lot to learn and that the only way to get there is by working your way up. Then the following year, you can figure out what your next move should be – in your career and in life. If every year you work on small and specific goals, you will end up improving faster than you would have done if you were to attempt to take a shorter route. When you finally do make it, you’ll know you deserved it and the reward will feel so much more satisfactory.
Here’s an example to show you what I mean:
Aim – To be confident
Goal for 2017 – Learn to be confident; get out there and learn new skills.
Goal for 2018 – Build on the confidence and skills gained.
Goal for 2019 – Take confidence to the next level by taking on new challenges.
As you can see from the above, by setting goals like these you can really begin to see a difference and notice the progress. If your goal was indeed to build up your self esteem, by year three you should be oozing with confidence. Sometimes, when you build yourself up slowly, you may find that you get so much more in a shorter period of time than you had expected.
That’s it. Thanks for reading.
May we grow old with grace and rejoice in the fact that a New Year is a chance to be better, stronger, braver and wiser than our former selves.
Wishing you a Happy New Year!