Happy new year! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2023.
I was wondering, do you set New Year’s resolutions? Resolutions are a common tradition in which people make a promise to themselves to improve an aspect of their life or behaviour in the coming year such as exercising more or learning a new skill. In truth, I’ve never stuck to a single new years resolution and gave them up decades ago.
If you’re considering making a New Year’s resolution, it can be helpful to:
- Set specific and achievable goals. Rather than making a vague resolution like “I want to be healthier,” try setting a specific goal like “I want to exercise for at least 30 minutes three times a week.”
- Think about the steps you need to take to achieve your goal. For example, if your goal is to exercise more, you might plan to sign up for a gym membership.
- Telling someone about your resolution can help you stay accountable and motivated.
- Change takes time, and it’s normal to face setbacks along the way. If you slip up or have a hard time sticking to your resolution, try to be understanding and kind to yourself. Remember that progress, not perfection, is the goal.
Setting goals can be a helpful way to focus your efforts and stay motivated as you work towards achieving your aspirations. Here are some tips for setting effective goals:
Tips for setting effective goals
- Make sure your goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
- Choose goals that align with your values and interests.
- Break your goals down into smaller, more manageable steps which can help you stay focused.
- As you make progress towards your goals, take time to celebrate your achievements. This can help you stay motivated and keep you moving forward.
Midlife can be a time of reflection and introspection, as people often look back on their accomplishments and consider what they still want to achieve in the future.
Here are a few ideas for goals that people might consider setting during midlife:
- Health and wellness: This might include goals related to exercise, nutrition, or overall self-care.
- Career and professional development: Some people might choose to set goals around advancing in their current job or pursuing a new career path.
- Personal growth and development: This might include goals related to learning new skills, hobbies, or other activities that help you grow as a person.
- Financial planning: Midlife can be a good time to reassess your financial goals and make a plan for the future.
- Relationships: People might set goals around strengthening their relationships with family, friends, or romantic partners.
It’s important to remember that everyone’s goals will be different, and what is important to one person might not be as meaningful to another. The key is to set goals that are meaningful and achievable for you, and to approach them with a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard.
Do you have any intentions for 2023?
Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy year ahead.
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