THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR
CREATING AND SETTING GOALS
As I get older and more mature and gain more life experience, I find that creating and setting goals for myself becomes more important to who I am. My goals aren’t “flash” goals that flare up and then burn out just as quickly. Instead, I make sure my goals will really benefit myself and the people around me. For me, the most opportune time to start thinking about goals is the short span between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s one of my favorite times to start planning for the new year and gives me a chance to take a look over the past 12 months. Reflecting is one of the best ways I’ve learned to plan for my new goals. If there’s something I didn’t quite accomplish in the previous year, it might be something I need to continue focusing on in the year to come. I also enjoy thinking about all the goals I did accomplish and getting excited about the new goals I set for myself. It’s a great way to give myself something to look forward to. To plan for these goals, I like to set some time aside each day to think and plan about what I need to work toward. I usually have some time off in the week leading up to New Year’s, and each morning I think about a different topic of each goal I’ve set. I have a notebook where I can track the goals I have, make new goals, and see how far I’ve come. This time is crucial for me to think about what I want to achieve in the future. While I’ve always enjoyed planning and executing these goals, I have had my share of challenges along the way. This past year, I’ve done a lot of things that required me to be courageous. There were many times I made myself step outside of my comfort zone, but I knew it was important for me to do. I couldn’t keep doing the same things over and over; to make a real impact, I had to step away from what I was comfortable with. Coming out of the fourth quarter of 2019, I feel like I’ve truly accomplished that, and it’s a great feeling even if it’s a little scary.
What helped me through the more difficult times of chasing my goals was creating a mantra for myself. My mantra always reminded me of my goals and the weight behind them. Something as simple as repeating to myself “be patient” in times where I found it difficult to be patient was extremely helpful.
Even as this month comes to a close, I know 2020 is going to be a big year for me. I have some very bold goals I’ve been thinking about accomplishing, nothing I can put down on paper just yet, but I do get a sense this year is going to be a big one.
– Amanda Olson
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