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New Year, New Resolution or NOT?!

YAY! If you are reading this you have made it to another year! So now what? New Year, more new year resolutions? I personally don’t do new year resolutions because by February/March I’m no longer committed to what I thought I wanted to do on January 1. However, I am and have always been a goal-setter. Every year the beginning of December, I look at my prior year goal list and I mark off what I accomplished and if it was not accomplished I add it to the top of the New Year list with an “*” to highlight to double the efforts.

Goal setting is an important part of our process. I just want to make that clear from the beginning. I believe goal setting helps us stay focused on the bigger picture, while making sure we don't lose sight of what’s important in the moment. We set goals to achieve something. We make decisions for them. We often dream about them. We even cherish it. However, we sometimes need help to accomplish them. Whether you have been yearning to go to college, make better grades, secure a job, learn another language or instrument, get fit, start a business, or commit yourself to a cause, setting goals is a good start.

One of the most common mistakes that people make when they are trying to reach a goal is not writing it down. Their goals are simply "in their head" and therefore easy to forget about. Committing your goal to paper helps to remind yourself of why you want to achieve it, which in turn makes it easier to stay focus on making it happen. Having a written goal also helps you measure your progress towards that goal, which helps you know how well you are doing and whether or not adjustments need to be made. A written goal doesn't have to be a long document. It doesn't even ne

ed to be shared with anyone else. But writing down what it is that you want and why will help you get there! There are several other ways to set goals. You can write them down in a journal. You can create a vision board or an affirmation board. You can also use goal setting software to help you identify your goals and keep you focused on them. The important thing is to find a way that works for you and to do it consistently.

Achieving your goals is an important part of self-improvement. Setting goals is the first step to achieving them. Here are five reasons why setting goals is important:

1. Defining your goals gives you a better chance of succeeding in reaching them.

2. Setting goals gives you a direction to travel toward.

3. Setting goals improves your self-esteem and self-confidence.

4. Setting goals can help improve your ability to communicate with others about what you want in life and how to achieve it.

5. Goal setting helps you define priorities that you can live with and work on in the present, not just in the future.

The most effective way is through goal setting. Goal setting is where you set long-term and short-term goals for yourself and then work on achieving them. You can set goals for anything in your life, from the amount of weight you want to lose to how much money you want to make or how much you want to increase your GPA.

I'll admit it, I'm a little obsessed with setting goals. I used to think I was weird for thinking about them all the time. But when I started to see the evidence of how valuable goals are in my life, it changed everything. Focus is a huge part of that. When you're not just wandering through your day, without any real purpose or direction, you're wasting energy and time on things that don't matter. Eventually, you get burned out and start making bad decisions because you're too tired and frustrated to make good ones. Goals can turn that around very quickly. They give you something specific to work towards, which gives you direction and focus, which leads to better decisions and healthier habits. There's a trick to setting good goals, though. They have to be the right size – neither too big nor too small – so they can actually be achieved. If they're too easy or don't require enough effort, they don't lead anywhere useful, but if they're way beyond your reach, they'll just frustrate you and sap your motivation before long. So what makes a good goal? Well, first of all it should be something you actually want. You've got to be able to look at it every day and feel

I challenge you today to set some goals for 2022, send us a message and share at least one of them with us. One of my goals this year is to host 5 different Self Esteem Workshops (via zoom or in person) for youth, young adults and women. If you know someone who would be interested, please contact me. Group ratings are available.

Happy goal setting!

Coach Crystal D

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