How Will You Welcome In The New Year?
Happy New Year My SpunkyDiva Tribe!
I wanted to personally thank the 250+ of you who have joined me on this journey. I hope your holidays and New Year's were as wonderful and peaceful as mine. A special thank you to the amazing women who I've had the pleasure of interviewing and featuring on the website! While I'm a very passionate writer about all the topics I've presented, "blogging" is still very new to me. I have so much to learn that it's often very overwhelming. So, please bear with me as I strive and strategize to grow SpunkyDiva Diaries to the "next level"!
I don't know about you, but I tend to get very 'reflective' around my birthday and as a new year approaches. I start thinking about the past year and what it meant to my life. I begin to ponder over different areas of my life and what I'd like to accomplish in the next year. I think about the relationships I have with my closest friends...and perhaps some who may no longer be in my life for one reason or another. I am a firm believer that "everything happens for a reason" including who comes in and out of your life. Some people are only meant to come around for a (figurative) "season" while others will be there for a lifetime.
A new year can be exciting...and stressful. But, it's always a good idea to plan ahead or have some goals that you can work on. Many start the year with making a New Year's Resolution. Let's take a moment to understand exactly what that is. It's a "tradition in which a person resolves to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life."
How many of you make New Year's Resolutions? I think the better question is probably how many of you actually keep your New Year's Resolutions? Did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their resolutions each year? And, only 75% of those who set goals follow through with them after the first week of the new year. So, that means that 25% of people stopped working towards their goals after just the FIRST week!! But, don't let these figures stop you from making resolutions or setting goals.
People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
I have several friends who take the first 3-4 weeks of the year and do a "fast" or "detox" where they cut out one or more items from their diet. Some do it purely for health reasons while a few do it for religious reasons. They take that time to pray more and say the fast helps draw them closer to God. I've maybe done a detox once or twice...never done a "fast." How many of you have done a detox or fast? What benefits did you receive?
Being the writer that I am, I tend to prefer one of any of the the next few ideas.
Journaling - It helps me to write things down. I don't necessarily write in it every day, but when I feel things are cluttering my mind, confusing my spirit, or weighing heavy on my soul - it helps to write it out! I found a couple excellent articles by a fellow blogger on "How to Start a Journaling Practice" and "8 Important Things to Include In Your Journal" that you may want to check out.
Vision Board - This is a visual representation of the reality you want to be leading now or in the future. It's become far more popular to do a vision board vs. traditional goal setting. A vision board is a great mindset shift over regular goal setting because it brings your big goals right to the forefront of your day and keeps you focused. The blogger I mentioned above has some great articles on her website that go into details about vision boards. [Note: She specializes in goal setting, vision boards and personal development so I'm confident in referring you to her vs. recreating the wheel and trying to write about a topic that's already written about well by a fellow blogger!]
What I will add is that there's a growing trend of "vision board parties" that you may have heard of, been invited to or even attended. Some of these may cost at least anywhere from $25-$60 for basically the same end deliverable = A vision board!
SpunkyDiva Diaries is looking into offering affordable, high-value vision board soirées (workshops) in the future so stay tuned!
Buy a Yearly Planner - I have to admit that for most of my life I lived by my yearly planner. My OCD, uber organized skills just loved having to get the refill for the next year. These days things are much more "digital" but there's something about having something tangible - like good old pen and paper. You don't have to spend a lot on a planner. I have bought them from retail stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls. But, I may consider getting one that is especially made for goal setting. Check these out that I found online!
Whichever way you decide to plan for the New Year, be sure to follow these tips!
Make sure any goal you set is a SMART goal.
Specific: What is your goal? Is it specific enough or too broad? What needs to be done for you to achieve your goal? Why do you want to reach your goal?
Measurable: How can you measure progress? How will you know if you're on track?
Attainable: Can your goal actually be achieved?
Realistic/relevant: Can you achieve your goal? Is the goal worth it?
Time: What's your time frame for reaching your goal?
Write down your yearly goals and objectives. Below are various ways & tips to do this:
Creating a blog to detail your progress
Making a vision board
Putting post-its around your home that list your yearly goals
Placing reminders on your phone, calendar, or whatever else you use for your to-do list
Create a plan to reach your 2018 goals
Break your goal apart into smaller goals.
Keep track of your yearly goal setting progress and make changes (if needed).
Find small ways to stick with your yearly goals.
Find ways to motivate yourself when setting yearly goals.
Vision boards help with this
Reward yourself as you get closer to & accomplish your goal
Make reaching your personal goals a friendly competition.
Find an accountability partner than can help make it fun & easier