New Year, New Goals or New Year, Same Goals?
This year I think most people were more anxious for the start of a new year than ever before. Everyone wanted to leave 2020 behind. The year that was supposed to be filled with vision and clarity quickly became the year that no one could see the end in sight.
It seems like as soon as December 31st hits everyone starts thinking about the new year and goals they want to make. Eating healthy, a new exercise routine, be more productive, etc. I am guilty of this myself. I love making lists and planning things out, so the New Year feels like a perfect excuse to do those things and set goals.
I feel like there’s also an added pressure of doing this because you expect people are going to ask you what your goals are for the new year, when they see you. So you have to have something good to say, right?
While I love new planners and setting goals and all the things that come with the New Year, one thing i’ve learned is that the new year is not the only time you’re allowed to set goals and restart.
I’m writing this with only a couple days left in January(I’m really trying to make sure I stick to my goal I set this year of posting every month) and this is about the time where the excitement of the goals you set are starting to wear off. Maybe your exercise plan was consistent for the first couple weeks, but now it seems hit and miss.
You might be a few days behind in your Bible reading plan. Maybe you don’t even set goals because you are afraid of not completing them.
When we set goals and put things in writing it makes us feel vulnerable. It’s almost easier to not set a goal because if we aren’t successful with it and keep at it, there’s no written record of it. I used to not set goals because I was so afraid of not completing them or following through. I didn’t want to feel like a failure. Putting something in writing doesn’t have to be scary.
By not setting goals for myself I was hindering my ability to grow. I love learning, whether it’s something new or just a more in-depth study on something I already know. I never want to become content with where I’m at and stop learning. I want to learn and grow my whole life and part of that includes setting goals for myself that I’m working towards.
It doesn’t matter if you set your goals in January, April or June. It doesn’t matter if it takes you one month or two years to complete. What I think is important is that you are consistent. If you have ideas of things you want to do and accomplish, go after them. Be consistent in pursuing them. You don’t have to set goals, but I think we should always be seeking to better ourselves, and having a vision or idea of what that will look like is so helpful.
Our lives are constantly changing, so if you have a goal or plan for something and it’s not working, change it. Don’t wait until next January, change it now. There’s no rule that says we need a new year, new month, or new week to make a change in our lives, but when we think like that we usually end up using it as an excuse to never make the change.
This year I’m using the Cultivate What Matters goal planner. It’s been so good in helping me see the big picture of things that I want to accomplish, but it helps me break them down into manageable monthly tasks. You reassess at the beginning of each month so if something isn’t working you can change it and move forward.
There is something rewarding about putting things to paper and being able to see growth in different areas of your life. You don’t have to become a new you in the new year, but there’s always something we can be working on.
Take time to think about things you want to accomplish and set a plan in action to achieve that. Who cares if January is almost over, who cares whether you’ve already tried and failed, so what if you feel like you should change your plan in February. But pick something and be consistent in working towards it.
Hi, I’m Hannah.
I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!