I've been thinking a lot about 2014 lately; what I want to get out of it, what I want to put into it. I love the start of a new year and the fresh start it provides. The calendar is unmarked—blank. The year is sitting there, just waiting for me to explore all it can provide.
The beginning of a new year also entices me to look back on the past year and 2013 holds a lot of truly remarkable memories and experiences I'll never forget. I'm not quite sure how 2014 could possibly top this year, but I've surely been proved wrong before.
Set Realistic Goals: I tend to set a lot of the same goals each year, slightly tweaking them, mainly because I feel like the goals I make can always be improved upon more and more each year. I've learned to only set goals around the things I can control. Goals should be realistic—attainable. If they aren't, the chances of you reaching those goals are slim, which will only create discouragement.
Understand Why You've Selected Certain Goals: The reason we set goals or resolutions is because we've noticed something we want to change. Wanting to change something stems from something deeper. Ask yourself why you're setting certain goals. Do you want to save more money cause you want to buy a house or a new car or take a vacation? Do you want to exercise more because you want to lose weight or just feel healthier? Once you know where you're goals are stemming from, you'll be more inclined to keep at it.
Plan in Phases: If you have a larger goal that'll take all twelve months to accomplish, try breaking it down into smaller goals. I use this trick all the time to save more money. I figure out the total amount I want to have saved by the end of the year and then I break it down into how much money I need to save each month to accomplish that goal. It takes the magnitude and fear out of the larger number because you're only thinking about the monthly goal and not the overall total.
My 2014 goals include:
Leave My Desk More During the Day
Save More Money
Open a 2nd Savings Account
Get Up Earlier on Weekday Mornings so I Don't Feel so Rushed
Grow Blog Presence
What are some of your 2014 goals?