Happy New Year and Setting Goals

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays! I took a little hiatus to focus on other projects and to spend time with my family. I love Christmas, but I will admit that there is a part of me that is relieved to see the holidays come to a close. It’s time to reset and refocus.

I listened to an episode of a podcast last week that really helped me with setting goals for the new year. I didn’t want to say, “This is my goal and I am going to do it!” It just didn’t seem like enough. We all have experienced the high of starting out strong in January only to lose steam as the weeks go by. The podcast shined some light on this, explaining how we need to state our goal, write down the steps we will take to complete our goal, and also state when we will have our goal completed by. Check out the podcast here for the full notes, and also to download the goal setting worksheet at the bottom.

For me, having goals wasn’t enough. I wanted to have a mantra for 2015; something that would connect my three goals and bring everything together. My mantra is this: Be present. Be mindful. By being present and mindful, I will cultivate more patience, love, and kindness. I will be more aware of how I am feeling. I will be able to give my full attention to a task and to my family. Easier said than done, but my mantra will help me when I’m struggling.

I am of the mindset that setting a goal requires changing your state of mind. It takes more than a plan to achieve your goals. You must also remain positive and believe that you can accomplish them. Don’t give up if you slip up along the way. Pick yourself up and keep going. You may feel vulnerable at times, but that’s okay. Let yourself relax into that vulnerability and move forward.

Having a support system in place to back you up may be what you need. One of my goals for this year is to run a half marathon in May. I am signed up for a running club that begins at the end of the month. Having a group of women and friends to run with will help motivate me, keep me accountable, and will make the journey towards completing my goal more fun.

Whatever your intentions are for 2015, I wish you all the best. As always, I look forward to seeing what this year brings. Happy New Year!