We’ve turned the calendar to 2014. Happy New Year!
Around this time of year, many people make “New Year’s Resolutions.” Usually, they’re pretty generic goals for self-improvement: eat better, exercise more, focus on my work, be a better person. Unfortunately, the initial excitement of setting a New Year’s Resolution usually fades by Valentine’s Day, and we’re left living pretty much the same way we were before.
So I propose this: Let’s set meaningful GOALS instead. A key learning I picked up a while back is this: “If you think it’s time for a fresh start, you’re probably right.” What does that mean? Simply, if there’s something you’d like to change or improve about your life, DO IT.
Don’t wait for a new year. There’s no better time than RIGHT NOW to start living a healthier, happier life. So set a goal and follow these steps:
1. Be specific (if you want better grades, say this: “I’d like to earn a 3.5 GPA next semester”)
2. Write it down (this will help you commit to it)
3. Share it with someone else (this will help hold you accountable to it)
4. Add specific steps (for example, “I will turn in every assignment on time” and “I will ask my teacher for help if I’m ever confused” and “I will study and do my homework BEFORE hanging out or texting or tweeting or instagramming”)
5. Check on your progress at LEAST once a week, maybe even every day.
When you’ve set your goals, go ahead and post ‘em here. We’ll all help keep you accountable! What are YOUR goals for 2014?