New Year, New You?

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Theres no denying that throughout the years of resolutions and goal making somewhere along the lines a stigma has been born. People say this ‘new year new me’ stuff is a load of old shit because no one sticks to their resolutions anyway. Now I’d be inclined to agree that the new year new me status’ we see plastered all over Facebook are quite frankly cringeworthy and cliché BUT if they motivate the person behind it, who are we to say otherwise!? For many people the start of a new year brings feelings of starting a fresh, redoing, making over, so why not start the year with a positive, motivational attitude right? After all if you’re not motivated to do anything and you have no goals at all, what are you doing? Public declarations of wanting and needing a change actually keep you more motivated and less likely to fail because lets face it you just told 500 people on Facebook that you would lose 5 stone,  if you don’t lose any and put 5 on who looks like the idiot now??

Its so easy to feel motivated at the start of a new year and proclaim you’re going to do big and wonderful things but how many of us see them through and carry on being motivated year long? I know I can tend to lose motivation quite quickly if things aren’t going my way, but then again I never usually set myself goals that have an expiry date either and thats one of the best ways to stay on track and stay motivated! So here are some simple tips to keep you feeling motivated for longer and help you to not lose sight of your goals!

Weekly Goals

As well as having your yearly goals set out for you make sure you are also creating weekly goals for yourself. Break down what you want to achieve by what time during the year and make sure you are building towards those plans instead of sitting on them waiting for something miraculous to happen. Having weekly goals set out for yourself puts on a little pressure to complete them but its not so much that you’ll be swimming in a pool of stress, a little pressure is all you need sometimes! For example if one of your goals is to reach 5000 twitter followers by summer, make sure each week you schedule in the time to join in with Twitter chats, converse with followers and be active. Doing a little extra planning will help you in the long run to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Be Organised 

Keep a diary. You’ll need to be really organised, schedule what you need to do over the next month, assign yourself tasks to get on with, make sure you’re reaching your goals!!! With our own dreams and aspirations its really easy to take a back seat and keep saying we’ll do what we need to get done ‘soon’!! Well soon isn’t good enough if it turns into weeks, months or years! Be active, keep yourself organised and make sure you are scheduling in the important stuff that will get you closer to where you want to be. A lot of people are quite content working for big companies and completing their work deadlines, treat your own goals with the same regard! Your goals are important!! If you don’t work towards it you won’t see it!

Dream Big

Who said goals have to be realistic??? Only those who didn’t try hard enough! Setting yourself goals even if they seem a little ‘unrealistic’ is what you need to do in order to push yourself, you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try right!? Saying this, you also need to get the balance right! Don’t push yourself so hard that you put your happiness and wellbeing at risk. Remember sometimes even doing what we love can feel like a chore it doesn’t mean you should stop, keep working hard but remember why you love doing it in the first place.

Community

Find people in your chosen niche that you can relate to, feel inspired by and who motivate you. Community and friendships are an important factor in keeping yourself motivated. Sure you could do it on your own but when you need that extra push or when your motivation is dwindling and on its last legs having people there to talk to is what will see you through.

Visualise

Never forget where you want to be! If you envision yourself living a different life to the one you are now, keep visualising! Once you lose sight of your end goal its more or less game over! Don’t lose hope on your own dreams, nothing good ever came out of not working hard enough for it. If you need daily reminders to keep yourself on the motivated path stick encouraging quotes around your work desk, dressing table, bathroom, anywhere you’ll be able to look at them for a solid 5 minutes and feel refreshed again! Many people also have a visualisation board where you stick cut outs of things you want or what your future goals will lead you to i.e big house, family, walk in closet etc. Visualisation boards not only keep you motivated they also keep your dreams and future goals alive so that you never lose sight of them. Create your own board and place it in your bedroom where you’ll go to sleep and wake up with those thoughts in mind!

Remember no dream is ever to big, work hard, stay motivated and may 2017 be the year your dreams start to become your reality!

xox

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98 thoughts on “New Year, New You?

  1. Great Post, I have always believed in setting goals whether short or long term. This year I am taking it ahead with bulleted journals.
    Shared it ahead to spread the inspiration 🙂

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  2. I absolutely love reading new year posts because they are always so positive. You have some great points here and I totally agree

    Samantha of pearlsandpolkadots.net

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  3. I love how positive and inspiring you are here. Yes, resolutions are cliche, but goal setting is important and if you make them actionable and measurable and work towards them every day, you can achieve them! Great post x

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  4. Love this. I have a Bullet Journal to keep track of my daily goals or targets. Both personally and blog. These range from tiny ones like “Eat more veg” to “Write a Novel” – It gives me a focus and reminder to be accountable.

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  5. Resolutions are not followed simply because most of the time they’re unrealistic and unattainable. I think it’s important to set goals that you can reach, regardless of how long it takes.

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    1. I agree. I wasn’t just saying set hard ‘unrealistic’ goals just clearly stating that you can also set goals that seem out of reach because you are capable of more than you think. Think thats a really positive message to get across!

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  6. haha, fun read and agreed, no one really ever sticks to their resolutions… I have always been a goal setter and make list and that is really the best I can do.. week by week and month by month and try not to set to many goals so that I don’t get overwhelmed.

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  7. I don’t set my self goals or targets any more I just live life to max and follow my dreams, yes I want to lose weight eat healthier etc but I don’t stress and just enjoy life and being with my family. Great post though and some great ideas to help people who do.

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  8. I am a fanatic of setting weekly goals and do so weekly and monthly. I suppose I get a bit of a ‘clean slate’ feeling about new year and love it for goal setting. I agree that it can tend to be a bit unrealistic for many though. Visualisation and planning are fantastic ways to keep your eye on the prize. x

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  9. I don’t do new year’s resolutions because like you said they never work but monthly goals work wonders and have been for the last 2 years so they are the ones i continue setting and working on.

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  10. I agree with this! I think making resolutions like losing a certain amount of weight or trying to save a certain amount of money are pointless – people should just aim to be more healthy and happy or, set more vague realistic goals like ‘get fit’ in general! x

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  11. I love the cliche of new year. New diary, new page, new set of goals. I always give myself too many, and main ones I know I’ll achieve. I believe in dreaming big. For example, the main ones this year are to pass my driving test and lose weight. I’ve also set myself the challenge of going abroad (hope Iget a permanent job to afford this) and doing the great wall of china. Anyway enough about me! I love this post and all these new year related posts. Great tips x

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  12. I love the idea of breaking down intentions into weekly goals – feels so much more realistic . The one resolution I ever kept for a whole year was to eat 5 a day – felt so much better for it but have never quite managed it since!

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  13. PREACH IT! Absolutely loved this post, OMG I’m with you on everything! The goals I made myself last year I don’t think I’ve even done one – our goals together however we’re done in a breeze but as well as focusing on the blog, I need to remember to focus on me too! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James | foodandbaker.co.uk

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  14. This is just what I needed this morning. I love the dream big, you’re right the only people who ever say “be realistic” are people who haven’t even tried to achieve their goals. x

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