Happy New Year Lovelies!!
2019 was not at all what I expected. Some horrible shit happened, and some seriously wonderful things also happened. I did not meet all my goals, but I still achieved things I did not think I would. I cut toxicity out of my life, graduated college, and went to work hustling for my future. This post is not going to be a reflection on my year. It is rather an examination of resolution culture and a guide for creating and obtaining BIG goals. Get ready 🙂
Resolutions Are Stupid
That’s right – I love the new year but I strongly dislike resolutions. I just do not believe in them and I find the concept can be damaging for some people. However, one positive alternative to resolutions is a goals list. Similar to the new years resolution, the goals list encourages someone to reflect on the past year and imagine one’s future. The difference between the two is mostly psychological. New years resolutions can be too general and eventually lower one’s self-esteem, while goals, when set in a specific, positive manner, can help anyone visualize future success.
Now once you have reflected on the new year, it is time to create a meaningful goals list! You may have a general idea of what you would like to accomplish this year, but it can be a lot to think about. Maybe, you want to boost your GPA in school, get a raise, or perfect a new craft! To make these goals a reality, the first few weeks are the best time to PLAN AHEAD and GET ORGANIZED!
The Goals List
The first thing to ask yourself is, “what do I want to do?” Is there a grade or position you wish to have though it seems just out of reach? To visualize these ideas, make your list! A goals list is simple to create: just write down what you ultimately want to accomplish, as intimidating as it may seem.
Personally, I make multiple goals lists throughout the year. For the new year I create a master goals list of what I hope to achieve in the coming year, and each month I evaluate how I will make strides for what I want using a less intimidating, more attainable goals list.
A “master” Goals List can be more broad or long-term. An example of one of my own goals list might look like this!
- reach 10,000 followers on Instagram
- become a full-time influencer
- create something truly original and inspiring
- pray more
Some of the goals listed above may seem vague, and because these goals are more broad, they require a more detailed plan to make them happen. This is where the more detailed planning comes in! Now that you know your goals, try asking yourself how you will achieve them!
Make Your Goals Realistic
To achieve the many goals of the goals list, a detailed plan is required. For example, if I include “get an A in Chemistry” on my list (like I did back in undergrad lol), I should also figure out how to make this goal happen. Here are some of the more detailed elements of this plan (get it? elements!).
GET AN A IN CHEMISTRY
- go to every class! (set an alarm!)
- take detailed notes
- review notes right after class
- do homework within 2 days of it being posted
- go to office hours with homework and lecture questions
- start studying for exams 1 to 2 weeks ahead!
One goal that has been very important to me for the past year is growing THIS BLOG! While I did not meet all my blog-related goals for the past year, I still have many accomplishments of which I am so proud including weekly blog posts, consistency with social media, and some really cool collaborations!
In the spirit of the new year, I hope that you all can rest and reflect so you can create your own goals! May this year be the year you achieve everything you wish! Happy New Year!