I’ve never been the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions – the whole concept seems just a teensy bit flighty, and most people tend to abandon them by the end of January, right? Instead, I’m more of a believer that you should constantly be making new goals and trying to improve upon yourself. I mean, sure – the start of a new year can be a motivating blank slate, all fresh, new, and ready for change. But I also feel like the new year can contain a lot of pressure to make it your “best year yet!” And while the reality is that I truly do hope this is one of the best years yet (for everyone), I know that there will undoubtedly be some challenges and hardships along the way.
That being said, I decided to put together a small list of 5 goals you can actually keep in the new year – regardless of your age, sex, interests, etc. Basically, if you’re a human, I think you’ve got a pretty good chance at killing it with these 5 goals in the new year. 🙂
5 GOALS YOU CAN ACTUALLY KEEP IN THE NEW YEAR
1. Be Kinder to Others.
I think this is pretty self explanatory. We’ve all seen how much heartbreak and hurt has been scattered all over every news source the past few years. I think it could do us all a world of good to just be kinder to each other. Even if you don’t feel like it. Even if you’ve had a bad day. Especially during those times. Because here’s the thing – kindness is contagious. Treat people with care and respect, and it causes a ripple effect.
2. Be Kinder to Yourself.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I tend to be my own worst critic when it comes to…pretty much everything. Nothing I do is ever good enough by my own standards, other people are constantly ahead of me, and so on, and so on. But honestly, as cruel as we are to ourselves – would we ever actually be that harsh to someone else? I think not. Besides, beating yourself down is exhausting – and unproductive! If we put as much effort into building ourselves up as we do criticizing ourselves, then who knows how much could be achieved?! So this year, we should all take a little bit of that collective love that we’re gonna spread around, and give some of it to ourselves too. #Selflove, girl. Or guy. 😉
3. Treat your body well.
Guys, self-care! It’s something that’s been talked about more and more in the mainstream media this year, which I think is really exciting and important. Whether it’s getting enough sleep, eating more fruits and vegetables, taking time to rest and meditate, or actually exercising once in a while (talking to myself here!), you’re never going to perform at your best if you aren’t feeling your best. So set yourself up for success, and prep your body to do your best work by giving it the care it needs. (Bonus: if you take care of your body, you might even end up dropping a little weight in in the process! Which is probably one of the most common resolutions people make to begin with, right?!)
4. Let go of the negative.
If there’s one thing that I’ve had to learn time and time again, it’s that nothing holds you back like…yourself. Dwelling on past negative experiences and holding a grudge doesn’t hurt anybody but you. That being said, if there are people or things that you feel like are seriously hindering you and holding you back, then just. Move. On! At the end of the day, it’s your job to take care of you – so use the new year as an opportunity to cut your losses. Start focusing on people and things that lift you up and brighten your day, not bring you down. Life is hard enough as it is – don’t give yourself any extra reasons to struggle through it!
5. Step out of your comfort zone.
I think that this is one of the hardest but most important goals of all. The whole point of making new years resolutions is so you can improve in one way or another, right? Well, I think that one of the best ways to improve yourself and grow, is to step out of your comfort zone and do something that stretches you – even if it’s small. Growth doesn’t happen overnight, and goals are never accomplished by just sitting on the couch wondering “what if.” So the next time something scares you, or feels a little too daunting, I would encourage you to go ahead and do it anyway. (Example – starting this blog felt really scary and weird at first. “What if no one reads it? What if no one cares? What if people judge me?” Well…who cares! Creating and writing this blog makes me happy, so at the end of the day, I feel fulfilled doing it – everyone else’s opinions be damned. Besides, the people who judge are usually just jealous that they aren’t brave enough to chase their own passions. Chase yours, and don’t worry about what those around you are doing. Also, re-read Goal 4. Ditch the naysayers, and keep going! 😉 )
Some people get lucky, but you’ll find that the majority who have found success in one way or another did so because they put themselves out there and tried. You know the old saying, nothing ventured, nothing gained? Well, it’s a cliche for a reason – because it’s wildly true! Besides, I promise that regardless of the outcome, you’ll always feel better when you’ve been bold and taken a chance – at least then you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you did your best. At the end of the day, that’s rewarding in and of itself – any extra opportunities yielded from your efforts are just a bonus at that point!
5 Goals You Can Actually Keep in the New Year Products
So, there you have it. 5 Goals you can actually keep in the new year – myself included! I hope that you guys are feeling encouraged by the start of this fresh year, and challenge yourselves to keep some of these simple goals. Change is gradual – if you start small, it can end up making a world of difference. Happy New Year guys! 🙂
Do you have any goals that you’re hoping to accomplish this year? Tell me below!