New Year's is Coming: Make Goals and reach your Dreams!

Turning Resolutions into Reality: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your New Year's Goals

As we approach the new year, the concept of goal setting becomes more prevalent. The idea of writing down goals, making a plan, and following it diligently is a common mantra echoed by almost every motivational and inspirational speaker. Success, they say, is a product of this disciplined approach.

For the past decade, I've immersed myself in the world of motivational speakers, podcasts, and books. Despite this, I rarely put their advice into practice. My goals, though occasionally jotted down, were never shared or pursued with conviction. I lacked not just the motivation but also the discipline. I enjoyed listening to these success stories, feeling vicariously successful, yet I remained passive in my own journey.

This contradiction often led to questions from my wife about why I continued to consume motivational content without applying it. My response was always the same: "Well, one day I will." The truth was, I liked the feeling of being connected to success, even if it was just auditory.

The irony of knowing the path to success yet not walking it was not lost on me. If asked, I could articulate the steps to achieving goals but chose to remain silent. It felt disingenuous to advise others on a path I wasn't taking myself. This discrepancy between knowledge and action was a constant struggle.

However, the inception of this blog marked a change. It took me ten years to start it, and now that I have, I want to extend this momentum to other areas of my life. I'm ready to write down a list of life goals, make a plan, and genuinely commit to it. I don't want to wait for the new year; I want to be prepared with a clear plan when it arrives.

Most people make New Year's resolutions and abandon them within weeks. My goal is to avoid this pattern. I want to have my goals and plans laid out before the new year, ready to be put into action.

So here's my invitation to you: let's start this process together. Grab a pen and paper, or use your digital device if you prefer. However, writing by hand can have a stronger impact on memory retention. Start by listing your goals. Be specific – if it's a car, detail the model, color, year, and features. If it's a vacation, describe the location, duration, travel arrangements, and companions.

Once your goals are listed, assign a time frame to each, ranging from one year to ten years. Organize the list by these time frames, with the most immediate goals at the top. Then, break down these goals into smaller, manageable steps. What daily, weekly, or monthly actions are needed to progress towards each goal? Whether it's a fitness goal or a financial target for a vacation, outline the specific steps and start planning.

Continuing from where we left off, the next step in goal setting is determining whether to share these goals. I categorize goals into two types: 'give-up' goals and 'step-up' goals. 'Give-up' goals, like adopting healthier eating habits or losing weight, benefit from being shared. They often require accountability, and sharing them with friends, family, or a spouse can provide that extra push to remain committed. On the other hand, 'step-up' goals, such as aspiring to be the top salesperson at your company, are best kept to yourself. Announcing these goals might invite skepticism or unwanted competition.

It's important to note that goal setting is not just about listing aspirations; it's about developing a mindset attuned to achievement. It requires not only dedication but also adaptability. Life throws many unexpected challenges, and our goals might need tweaking as circumstances change. The key is to remain committed to the growth and progress that comes with striving towards these goals.

As we near the new year, I find myself reflecting on the past and envisioning the future. It's a time filled with promise and potential. This year, I want to break the cycle of unfulfilled resolutions. My plan is to approach goal setting with a renewed sense of purpose and practicality. I want to set goals that are ambitious yet attainable, and that align with my values and aspirations.

As I embark on this journey, I invite you to join me. Take some time to reflect on what you truly want to achieve. Think about the areas in your life where you want to see change and growth. Remember, goals can be as varied as our individual experiences – they might be personal, professional, physical, spiritual, or a combination of these.

In the spirit of this newfound approach, I plan to document my journey through this blog. I will share not just the successes, but also the challenges and learnings along the way. I believe that by being transparent about the process, we can all learn and grow together.

To everyone reading this, I encourage you to embrace the opportunity that the new year presents. Let's make a commitment to ourselves to pursue our goals with vigor and determination. Let's make this the year where we not only set goals but also take concrete steps towards achieving them.

I look forward to sharing my progress and hearing about yours. Let's make the upcoming year a testament to our potential and a celebration of our achievements.

As I continue this journey of goal setting and personal development, I also recognize the importance of flexibility and self-compassion. Goals are not just checkboxes to be ticked off; they are guides that lead us through the rich landscape of our lives. They should inspire and motivate, not constrain or intimidate.

As we prepare for the new year, it's crucial to approach our goals with a mindset that blends ambition with realism. It's about finding that sweet spot where our aspirations meet our capabilities. This balance is key to maintaining momentum and avoiding burnout.

In my previous attempts at goal setting, I often found myself either overreaching or undershooting. This time, I'm aiming for a more measured approach. I'm setting goals that challenge me but are also within the realm of possibility. This strategy is not about limiting my potential but rather about creating a sustainable path to success.

In these final days leading up to the new year, I encourage you to join me in this reflective and proactive process. Set aside some time to think deeply about what you want to achieve. Consider not just the end goals, but also the journey to get there. What skills will you need to develop? What habits will you need to form or break?

This blog will serve as a platform for sharing insights and experiences as we all navigate our goal-setting journey. I plan to explore various themes related to personal development, from time management and productivity to mindfulness and well-being.

Your goals might be different from mine, and that's the beauty of this process. We all have unique paths to tread, and our goals should reflect our individual aspirations and values. Whether it's pursuing a new career, improving health, or building stronger relationships, the principles of effective goal setting remain the same.

In conclusion, let's embrace the opportunity that the new year brings. Let's commit to setting goals that resonate with our deepest desires and work diligently towards achieving them. Let's support each other in this journey, sharing our successes and learning from our setbacks.

I'm excited to embark on this journey with you. Here's to a year of growth, achievement, and fulfillment. Let's make it a year to remember.

-Your Friend, Randy

Randy Thiessen December 23, 2023
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