It’s always exciting to set goals for yourself, but it’s even more thrilling to actually meet them. However, in past years, I’d set some goals that were unrealistic with my motivation level. I mean, how many times have I said that I was going to lose weight? And how many years did I fail that goal of mine (after the first few weeks/months, anyway)?
This year is going to be different. I’m saying it, right here and right now. This is going to be MY year.
How? It’s simple.
I’ll be following 7 goals in 2017 that aren’t really goals – they’re lifestyle changes. They are constant things that I will tell myself each and every day, results or not, and that I will have everywhere. I will have a copy of these goals hanging on my mirror, in my cubicle at work, in my car, in my purse, and also in my phone. Rather than just having the ultimate end goal in mind, I will live day by day simply doing the best that I can.
And here they are:
- In 2017, I’m going to pay off my loans and my car (at least, for the most part). In doing so, I’m not going to live above my means and eat out a lot. I’m going to pack lunches, consider my spending wisely, and also pay extra during the months that I am capable of doing so. Limit the splurging and treating yo’self days!
- In 2017, I’m going to go on adventures. Adventure is a state of mind! Go to the park with your best friend and act like a kid again, go to a nearby town that you’ve never been to and take pictures, or even just go for a drive to see your old schools. Enjoy life.
- In 2017, I’m going to go on the big trips that have been on my mind. Personally, I’m determined to go to Florida to see my best friends. I also want to visit my family in Illinois. To do so, I need to set aside some money from every pay check to make this happen. I’m not doing the whole “If I could, I would” excuse. I can, and I will. It’ll just take discipline.
- In 2017, I’m going to do the “1000 Miles Challenge.” This challenge was made by my friend Kenan, and I’m going to do it! The goal is to exercise 1000 miles in 2017. To do so, I’ll need to run, walk, bike, swim, etc. about 3 miles a day on average. It’s encouraging to have other friends that are also doing it, and the challenge itself motivates me to just get up and get moving! (And that’s saying a lot…) I may need to designate an actual accountability partner or record my progress, but it’s going to happen this year.
- In 2017, I’m going to stay organized. I have a handy dandy planner that I try to keep with me at all times. It’s small, and I take it with me everywhere! If you get one, keep it somewhere that is easy for you to get 80% of the time. It could be your car, your purse, a drawer in your desk, wherever! Keep a pen with it, too, and maybe even stickers! Just use it.
- In 2017, I’m going to finally do that project that has been waiting for me. We all have that project that we had good intentions to do, and yet it hasn’t been done. It’s just staring at you. Yep. No more. Grab your handy dandy planner from Goal #5 and find a weekend that should be decently free for you. That’s your weekend. That’s when that project will finally be completed… or at least started…
- In 2017, I’m going to be more compassionate. With compassion comes love, patience, and also empathy, and I think the world could use a lot more of these traits.
I’m going to watch what I say to my younger siblings when they become irritating, try to be a better listener, be less agitated towards other drivers, read up on varying sides of social problems, communicate better with those that I wish to keep in my life, and also dedicate time to making other people’s lives better.
That’s it. Those are my 7 Goals for 2017. Break down your goals into something realistic and aim to achieve those mini goals every day until your big goal’s destination is in sight. Nothing is impossible!
Feel free to use them my 7 goals, as well, or maybe even draw some inspiration from them.
It’s important to remember that there is always room for improvement. It doesn’t need to be January 1st to revamp your life… Just as long as you do it.
If you want more goals for yourself or if you want to customize your own list, you can pull some ideas from another post that I wrote: The ABCs to a Happy 2017.
Featured Photo Courtesy of Redbrick.