It’s a new year once more, and a fresh opportunity to clear the slate from 2015 and look forward to a brighter 2016. Rather than setting the same old arbitrary goals, like “lose weight”, “read more books”, or “meditate more often”, why not take a more systematic approach this time?
First, start by reflecting on 2015. What was good? What was bad? Who were the most influential people in your year? What did you do for others? What did you do for yourself? What did you learn? By looking back on 2015, we start to see how we’ve already grown, and acknowledge the areas of our life that we want to grow further.
Now think ahead to 2016. What would you like to achieve? What action steps could you put in place? For example, if this is the year you finally improve your second language skills, why not sign up for a class, buy some books, or even book a holiday to somewhere that speaks the language? By implementing steps you will instantly feel empowered, knowing that this time next year when you reflect on 2016, you will have accomplished what you set out to.
When setting your resolutions, be as specific as possible. For example, instead of saying “I will clear out the junk in the garage”, say something like “I will donate things I don’t need to charity, and build a healthier, organised living environment”.
We’d love to hear from you. What are your goals for 2016?