Every year between Christmas and the beginning of January, I see several posts saying that New Year goals aren’t important, and people should be setting goals every day instead. While setting daily goals is a definite plus; I don’t think setting yearly goals is a negative. As a matter of fact I think it’s critical.
If you are serious about self improvement, you need to be able to see your goals on paper. Did I meet all of my goals for 2016? No, but I was able to meet some of them and see how I grew as a person because of them. I was also able to see where I went wrong with my other goals and why. Now, when I go to set my goals for 2017, I can strategize about new ways to attain them.
Life is about growth. You can’t expect to tackle everything all at once. It is possible though, if you are self disciplined like that. Which speaking of; is one of my goals for 2017. I also realized that not reaching your goals isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I believe that I’ve learned a few lessons along the way. Sometimes it’s necessary to do things the wrong way, in order to appreciate how to do things the right way–e.g, my vegan diet (thats another post for later though).
Looking at your list from a year ago, and your new list for the upcoming year can be super exciting. Being able to sit down and compare how you lived another year of your life can also be gratifying. Sometimes, things aren’t as bad as you think. Appreciate the aspects of your life where you had growth while accepting the areas that need improvement.
Remember: What you get out of achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. -Zig Ziglar
Here are some of my favorite free goal setting worksheets.
Cheers to kicking ass in 2017!