“Cheers for a new year and another chance for us to get it right” – Oprah Winfrey
Well, here it is: January 1, 2016 – it’s a blank page on another chapter and an opportune time to begin working on something new! I always love setting up ‘resolutions’ but I try to set small goals for myself throughout the year that add up to my resolution at the end. So we’ll call them goals today. It also sounds a little less scary!
I hope this year brings you so many great opportunities, happiness, and great memories. The world is your oyster and you’ll be on the road to success with these tips!
Be specific with your goals
What’s on your list for 2016? Volunteering more? Getting healthy? Those things sound pretty vague! Using more detailed phrases can set you in the right direction to actually completing your goals.
How does “Go to the gym 3 times a week” sound instead of “Lose weight”? It’s a little less intimidating and gives you a place to start! Hey, you’re doing good just to have something to work towards so go easy on yourself!
Write them down
You might have one thing you’d like to see accomplished this year or a whole list. Either way, seeing them written down will encourage you to turn them into reality! Start the year strong. A sticky note reminder on your bathroom mirror is all you need to constantly remember what you’re working towards.
The New Year is also a great time to declutter and get organized!
Clean out the closet
Let’s face it; we all have clothes we don’t wear just sitting in our closets waiting to be worn! Why keep them when you could make a few dollars off them? One great (and free) tool is Facebook Buy, Sell, and Trade pages! Post photos of your clothes and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get a response (really I was surprised too). If the person lives too far to meet locally, just charge a couple extra dollars for shipping. It’s so worth it!
I always like to donate the clothes I don’t sell to Goodwill or to a company that helps those less fortunate. The clothes in my closet really pile up but it’s always hard choosing which ones will be sacrificed. But on the bright side, now you’ll have to go shopping to fill up the empty closet space!
…one last thing
Grab a buddy
Checking in with a friend on your progress or documenting on a blog are two ways to help aid in your success of achieving your goal! You can help each other stay on track by asking about victories and struggles once every few days – even if it’s a long distance buddy, just call ‘em up! Everyone needs an encouraging support system.
You got this.
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Good luck and
Happy New Year!