In two days, 2018 will begin. Some people will be glad to see 2017 go and are making plans for 2018 to be their best year ever. Some people had a great 2017 and aren’t all that excited about a new year. Some really don’t care one way or another.
Why make such a big deal about turning a page in a calendar?
In truth, we don’t have to. I normally don’t.
However, with the right mindset and attitude, using a date on the calendar can help us mark a turning point in our lives. We can begin to make progress to improve ourselves and establish new habits that will enrich our lives.
Here’s the process I use:
- Identify my guiding principles: What are my real values? What is my true purpose in the world? How do I want people to remember me after I have passed away? Any goal I set has to be in line with my values and my personal purpose, or it will fail.
- Identify who I want to be: I have found it is always more positive to move toward something I want rather than to try to remove something I don’t want. Adding good to my life will overwhelm and displace the bad.
- Break my goals into smaller steps: And then break those steps down into smaller steps. I need to make sure that each step is manageable and reasonably easy to accomplish.
- Work on one step at a time: I have a tendency to try to accomplish as much as possible as soon as possible. It’s a recipe for burnout. Relax and focus on one step of the journey at the time so that you can savor each success.
- Keep some sort of record: Whether it’s a journal, a note in a calendar, or a vlog, having a record of my progress helps me keep going as I establish new habits and create a new and better comfort zone for my life.
Do you set resolutions? Do you keep them? How do you achieve personal progress and growth? Comment!