New Year, New You?

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Following Christmas, it turns to the “New Year, New You” period – a time of year for change and reflection. I can understand why people start this then, with change coinciding with the new year, but what do you do until then? Continue as normal waiting for the 1st to implement change?

December is a month of celebration = multiple distractions. Your goal setting is unlikely to be the most exciting thing on your to-do list with the various Christmas Parties/Lunches and Drinks, etc. Getting in there early before everyone gets stuck into full blown Christmas mode will let you hit the ground running come the 1st January or earlier if you like. Once the distractions start you can find your goal setting delayed until mid- January. Before you know it you’re back into business as usual and it slides further down the list.

So what’s the point here – Don’t just wait until New Year! If you have time today start now.

Setting Goals

There will often be a more formalised process for setting goals at work, but we are more than just our work! If you aren’t it’s time to do something about that. We should consider all areas of our lives when chasing our dreams, as in addition to work there should be some play.

Example categories I use when goal setting are below:

  • Personal – relating to me as an individual/self-development
  • Family – relationships and things to do with relatives
  • Business – gotta build multiple streams of income, this category could easily be used for a side-hustle.
  • Career – speaks for itself.
  • Spiritual – covering my faith walk.
  • Financial – gotta keep building! Also about adjusting for certain life changes

You may use some of the above or completely different categories – it’s all about what is relevant to your life.

Of course any goals you set should be SMART – I won’t go into that here but check out the link or Google (there are loads of sites that break this down if you need more info).

Making It Happen

Looking at my 2016 goals the other day there have been some successes and some failures. Some tips to minimise the latter:

  1. Look at your goals regularly, daily even – make it easy to do this by having a copy printed out and/or on you tablet/phone.
  2. Do something to work towards at least one of your goals each day – consistent action will bring results.
  3. Don’t have too many goals – a scatter gun approach rarely yields results (if ever), you want some focus.
  4. Review periodically as the year progresses – do you need to adjust any in light of events gone by?

Live a Deliberate Life

Don’t let your life just happen. Each day is the first day of the rest of your life. Whether yesterday was a success or failure, each new day is a chance to make progress, so make them count! Don’t forget to enjoy the journey as you strive to achieve your goals – life is too short not to!


How was 2016 for you? Did you have goals? How did you do? Did life just happen? Have you started thinking about what you want from 2017? Drop me a comment and let me know.



  1. December 18, 2016 / 12:05 am

    I am just like you, I think why wait until January? Let’s start on those goals today! Although to be fair, I am excited to see what 2017 holds!

    • December 18, 2016 / 8:03 am

      Yes – I always find that when I put things off, something always comes up when I plan to do it!

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