Updated: Jan 7, 2019
The beginning of a new year is a great time to implement change and personal growth by setting goals that you want to achieve throughout the upcoming year. Some goals are well worth setting because they can contribute greatly toward helping you live the life you desire and they're attainable without any unrealistic expectations.
Try these types of goals to jump-start your new year:
GOAL #1: Become a Healthier You
When your body thrives, you have more energy, enthusiasm, and vitality to do everything you want to do. Focus on setting goals for the specific actions that will provide the results you'd like to see.
For example, rather than stating that you want to lose 25 pounds next year, try to find achievable goals that will help you lose weight. Set resolutions such as enrolling in a yoga class, trying three new types of aerobics, or going for a walk each day after dinner.Resolve to bring new experiences into your life. Set goals for new foods that you want to try, eating 3 more vegetable servings each day, or growing your own organic vegetables.
These goals are more fun to reach, but they'll contribute to the same end result.
GOAL #2: Improve Your Finances
Following the same advice as above, try to avoid setting unrealistic resolutions like "pay off all my debt next year" or "Put $10,000 away in savings." Instead, choose goals for specific actions that will get you where you want to be financially. For example, you may resolve to save all of your spare change and deposit it into your savings account every month.
Maybe you'd like to pick up 3 extra hours at work each week and dedicate those earned funds to your savings account or debt repayment.
Or make a list of specific money-saving actions like the above that you'd like to incorporate into your daily life and add a new action to your routine each week.By the end of the year, you'll be an automatic money-saving machine!
GOAL #3: Explore Some New Places
Travel goals can absolutely lead to personal enrichment and development. What destinations or cultures interests you? Set goals to try new things, experience new places, challenge your comfort zone, and learn about yourself all at the same time.
To get you started, consider taking day trips to cities, museums, and events close to you. Create a goal to research a new destination at least once a month. Plan to do at least one small vacation by the end of the year!
GOAL #4: Learn Something New
Intellectual goals can also benefit you in many different ways. Elect to take a course or seminar on a topic that interests you, such as photography, scrapbooking, auto repair, or entrepreneurship. Challenge yourself to read a few new books about subjects that interest you, or participate in an intellectual challenge like writing a short story or devotional or learn some new
Setting goals at the beginning of the year is a great way to find new ways to challenge yourself.
Above all else, choose goals that actually interest you and that are achievable for you. Plan to do things that will be enjoyable, while also improving your life as a whole.