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by Catherine Litwinski December 27, 2016

Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!  It’s the end of the year, and the beginning of a new one. So it’s very common for people to turn their attention to setting new goals, and plans to improve their life this time of year.

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

Here are six tips to keep in mind when you’re jotting down your goals for 2017:

1. The ‘Drive’ Feeling:

One of the scariest and most exciting moments is when you jot down a goal with a completion date. It’s scary because it’s on paper and visible to you, not just something in your mind that you keep saying you’ll do. It’s an exciting moment because there’s a rush that comes over you to complete the goal by the date. Having goals that you can focus on and visualize helps you better connect yourself with your inner desires, and gives you the motivational energy you need to work through periods where your focus inevitably starts to fade.

2. The Big Mountain that You Thought You Couldn’t Climb Becomes a Walkable Hill:

This happens to all of us, we have a dream that we deem impossible to achieve because of numerous excuses like: “I can never do this,” “Someone said it’s stupid,” or “It’s just too hard, I give up.” It is like climbing a mountain; we look up and go “NO WAY!” When you begin planning your goals, break it down into smaller stepping stones, this can help ease the feeling of being overwhelmed. Planning towards these smaller milestones keeps the drive going and allows for you to formulate a plan to achieve that big dream.

 3. Believing in Yourself:

Goal setting helps feed the ambition inside of us, it not only provides us with accountability, but also with the inspiration that we truly can achieve anything we set our minds to.

 4. Holding You Accountable for Failure:

If you don’t write down concrete goals and give yourself a timeline for achievement, how can you look back and re-evaluate your path if you fail?  There’s something extremely humbling about looking back on a goal you set for yourself 6 months, 1 year, or even 5 years ago and realizing that you were supposed to accomplish a lot more than you actually did. It’s a clear sign that whatever you’re doing isn’t working, and you need to make real changes if you want to get where you want to be.

5. The Heart Wants What It Wants:

Goals help us find what we truly want in life. Sometimes we set goals based off of finances, when we really just want a change in environment or someone to love. By asking ourselves the age-old question: what do you really want in life?  And assessing our goals from time to time, we get a sense of introspection and gain moments of self-reflection – which in turn can help set ourselves up for accomplishments.

 6.  Living Life to the Fullest:

When you take the time to set goals, you are allowing your life to be geared towards getting the most out of every moment. There’s so much to do and experience in life, but many of the things we want to achieve and experience won’t be handed to us – we need to work for it. During your journey, you’ll find lots of interesting things to see and do that you never would have thought of before you started. Spoiler alert: your destination might change as you travel down the road and learn more about yourself. But without a clear sense of what you want to do and where you want to go, you’ll never be able to live life to the fullest.

Catherine Litwinski
Catherine Litwinski

Catherine runs on caffeine, one liners, Nutella and positive thoughts. With a background in Communications, writing comes swiftly for her. When she's not running for the train, you'll find Catherine on her mat contemplating her next pose goal.