Every January 1st, folks around the world set lofty resolutions. They usually sound something like this:
“I’m going to lose 50 pounds!”
“I’m going to become debt free!”
“I’m going to finally be the awesome person I wish I was!”
Approximately 36 days later, these resolutions are forgotten and life returns to normal. The same resolutions will be re-attempted next year. It’s not a perfect system, but I’m a big fan of goals and dreams so I really dig the attempt.
While I will be making the usual goals on January 1st (in S.M.A.R.T. format, because I would like a chance in hell at achieving them), I consider Autumn the true beginning of a new year. Besides the fact that it is my absolute favorite season, it is also back-to-school!
Let’s celebrate fall with new goals
I might not be headed back to school each August/September anymore, but the habit of creating new goals in line with the school year has never left me. Each year was a fresh start, and this was the year you were going to be on the honor roll, make a ton of new friends, and avoid any and all awkward situations. Like many New Year’s resolutions, these didn’t necessarily happen (especially the “not being awkward” one). But there’s something about the feeling of starting fresh that makes everything seem possible.
I talked about my lack of life direction in a recent post. I believe the best way to start dealing with this is to write down what I do know I want to accomplish and how I plan on getting there. Ideally, my goals in some areas of my life will eventually reveal what I want in other areas of my life.
Making a goal list keeps you accountable
I’m in the process of getting these goals out on paper, as well as evaluating what I currently believe I want long-term. It’s eye opening to say the least. Plans may change. In fact, I’m almost positive they will. But as my favorite season begins and brings with it a feeling of newness, it feels wonderful to create goals in the hopes that this year, it will be different.
When does your “new year” start? Would you like to share some of your goals with me?
Peace, Love, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes,
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