I know I am not alone when it comes to feeling amazed that it is already the end of 2017. So many of us start thinking about setting “resolutions” for the new year. How about thinking about starting the new year with goals instead?
Webster defines resolution as: ” a firm decision to do or not to do something.”
Alternatively, a goal is defined as: “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.”
To me, a goal feels like a more positive, and if need be, flexible focus. It also has the potential to be as specific or generalized as we want it to be. Goals don’t necessarily have to be fully “achieved” or “not achieved”. Maybe we accomplish some part of that goal that informs us how to set a new goal based on what we have learned.
The beginning of a new year ushers in a natural starting point to work towards new goals. There are a few ways we can look at how to do that. We can set them by the period of time we focus on a goal (short, medium, long term) or we can think about the measurable result we hope to see (as in SMART goals- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time -sensitive). However you decide to set goals, make sure it feels like it is encouraging you in a positive way and helping you be a good version of yourself. Goals based on fear, negative consequences or those that are imposed by others are less likely to be successful or feel good to work towards.
Goal setting can happen at any time of the year, but now tends to be a common time that many of us think about how we would like to spend the up coming new year. If this sounds good to you, set aside some time to think about and write down your goals. Sharing them with someone can help you stay accountable on your commitment to yourself. Professional Coaches are a great resource to help you set reasonable goals and for sticking to them. IHD is always happy to help put you in touch with someone who can help you be your best self.
Evolve: A Year of Wellness is a program that helps people set goals and figure out the steps to achieving those goals. We can even adjust them together as we go. A Year of Wellness can help you move towards being your best version of you.
However you start your new year, know that IHD is wishing you a safe, healthy, happy start to 2018. We are so glad to have you in our community.
In good health,