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5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals

It's December 1st, meaning that Christmas is just around the corner. That also means that the year is ending, which is always a bittersweet moment. I love that I get to look back and see all that I've done and the goals I've accomplished, but I also look back and see the massive piles of destruction in my wake (it's been a bit of a messy year 😆).

The amazing thing about December (aside from Christmas) is the fact that it can be a good time to reflect on what's happened the past year and learn from all of it then move forward, using your reflections to help you create and achieve your goals for the new year. How can you go about and do that?

Don't be afraid to look back

The past can get a little dicey for people, but don't be scared of it. Don't be scared of the failures, the mistakes, or the hurts. Use that as motivation to make things better in 2017. You failed a college class because of skipping too much class? Make it a goal to go to every class in 2017. Someone close to you keeps bringing you down? Make it a point to surround yourself with the best of people. Remember that there can be some good from the bad experiences if you look for it. Think ahead

That cliche question "Where do you see yourself in x amount of years?" is so important here. Its great to set up goals and resolutions for the short-term, like going to the gym or finally cleaning out that part of your house that's been neglected forever, but thinking long term can be an amazing source of motivation. Maybe you want to be in the clear health wise, or buy a house, or graduate college and be working your dream job. Wherever you see yourself in that time, make goals working towards that. Maybe this year you'll save $1000 towards your house, or get that cruddy job that you know will help to get your foot in the door for your dream job. Don't discredit the small stuff. Use them to propel you to where you want to be.

Be realistic

It can be SO easy for people to get carried away with their New Year's goals (I'm way too guilty of this). Just remember to take into account who you are when crafting your resolutions. Take into account your habits, your weaknesses, your personality, and anything else that can potentially impact you in achieving your goals. Then create goals that are easier for you to accomplish. One of my goals for 2016 was to go to the gym more often, but I'm the laziest potato in the whole potato patch, so that didn't end up happening. What I did do instead was make it a goal to buy some sneakers and try one dance class. I'm glad to say that both of those things were accomplished.

Now that you've created some awesome, kick-butt goals, its time for you to put them into action.

Share your goals with people

Sharing your goals can help keep you accountable, which will help you stay on track with achieving your goals. Share them with your family, friends, coworkers, and social media. The more people you tell, the more people will remind you of your goals. I told my friends that I wanted to learn to code over the winter break. After a few days I completely forgot about that, so when they texted me to see how it was going, it was a huge reminder. It helps to share your goals.

Grab a partner

Having someone who has the same goal as you can help you feel more motivated because you're not alone in striving for your goal. A partner will keep you accountable, and motivate you to keep pushing when you hit a rut. A gym buddy, prayer partner, or a fellow healthy food aficionado can really help you move in the direction you want to go in. 

As you gear up for what is hopefully a joy-packed Holiday season filled with love and warmth, don't be afraid to look back and see what you can improve in 2017. Rectify mistakes, set some goals, and dream a little. Make this year count, and strut into 2017 as if the world is your runway.

With love,

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