Why You Should Make Goals, Not Resolutions (& 5 of My Own!)

Happy New Year everyone! I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to say goodbye to 2016. I’ve had quite a few rough years on the trot but you do have to admit 2016 was bad. There were some good times, but I’m happy to have a nice fresh start. Anyway, it’s 1st January and everyone is talking about a ‘new year, new me’, making new year’s resolutions about things they want to achieve in 2017; and I’m no exception. I know some people don’t see the point in resolutions because a lot of people don’t achieve them, but that’s why I prefer to see them as goals. 

So why goals? Well goals are things you are aiming for. You may not reach them in a year, but you will hopefully get closer. Resolutions have always sounded quite harsh to me, like you suddenly wake up in 2017 a new person; it just doesn’t happen. Goals on the other hand are things you work towards; they’re flexible, they progress as you progress and their is no set timescale or pressure. Like resolutions, I always feel a sense of achievement when I’ve reached a goal. Whether it be blogging or personal, achieving a goal is like having your name read out in a school assembly, you’ve reached the next level. As soon as you’ve ticked a goal off, you want to tick another off; success is addictive and a rather effective motivator. That’s why it’s important to make goals measurable and achievable. It sounds obvious, but if you make a goal measurable, then you know when it’s been achieved and you can then update the goal to the 2.0 version. Everyone want’s to be “more confident”, but coming up with something that will show that you are more confident (e.g. travelling alone, public speaking …), will give you something more concrete to aim for, and that shiny successful feeling when you reach it. Similarly, making a goal achievable will give you more motivation to reach it. Think short-term and long-term. You might have one main long-term goal, but come up with 1+ smaller goals that will show you that you’re closer to achieving it. So you want to get fitter and decide you will run a marathon, but have never done any running before. Setting yourself mini goals of running 5k and 10k will show you how much progress you’ve made when the novelty wears off and keep you moving towards that long-term goal. People tend to try to run before they can walk (hehe) but using mini goals makings you ultimate aim achievable long-term. Like I said, success is the best motivator, so do yourself a favour a make goals and not resolutions this year. 

If you’re still trying to think of some goals for 2017, here’s a few of my own for inspo:

  1. Run 5K (so I can be fitter)
  2. Take part in a Twitter Chat at least once a week (so I’m part of the Blogger Community)
  3. Build up my credit score (so I can buy my own place)
  4. Keep my university assessment average up (so I can graduate with my MSc degree and get a dream Marketing job)
  5. Save £100 month (so I can buy a Fiat 500)

What are your goals for next year?