The silly season has arrived. Partying, drinking, indulging, overeating and running on empty; it’s
no wonder many of us feel tired, rundown, overweight and stressed as the new year begins. But,
what if this year you honoured YOU and entered the new year feeling refreshed, energized, slim
and relaxed? We have loads of tips on helping you survive Christmas parties, stressful relatives
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New Year - New You: The Truth About Goal Setting
With the year coming to an end and a new one about to begin, it's a very important time to reflect
on your life and consider re-defining and re-setting your goals for what you want from your life. Goals
give us a purpose to our living, and help shape the direction of our future instead of being blindly led
by the wind. There is an old saying, "We are a piece of wood that needs carving every day. If we
don't carve ourselves, somebody else will."
The truth of the matter is: In order to goal-set, you have to know your goals.
Not rocket science, we know, but it’s amazing how many people don’t know what they want or
don’t believe they can get what they want. They keep dreams as dreams and continue on their
life not really consciously deciding its direction.
Firstly, we need to understand what it is we want, and if you don’t know, here are some
questions to help you:
If time, money or ill-health were not factors, what would you like to be, do or have?
What is your vision for your life for the next year, 5 years, 10 years?
What is your ideal life?
What could be your best contribution to the world?
At the end of your life, what do you think you would most regret not having done for yourself?
What kind of moments bring you joy and fulfillment?
Although we use the phrase glibly, to genuinely know what you want requires a certain amount
of clarity, self-knowledge and courage - to look at your life in all its inadequacies and desire a
greater experience of it: What do you really want? What are your needs? What do you need to
make your life better?
Being clear about your goals is essential and you must make your goals SMART:
Start your year aligned with what is is you truly want, and you might be amazed at how quickly
“If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then
I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.” –Abraham Maslow
Where To From Here?
New Years Resolutions always seem like a good idea at the time, however sticking with what we say
we're going to do doesn't always happen. Here are our Practitioner's tips to help you create and keep
Peter Delaney says: 1. Keep the list short and 2. Make your goals align with your belief system
Mary Melling says: My tip is that at the start of every year I write down what I want to lose from that
year and what I want to attract in the next year. It may be a big goal or something simple. Try and find
something that is easy for you to do and also put out those big goals as well. I always check to see how
I have done with last year's goals - what achievements I have made and if there are unfinished goals I
need to add on to next year!
Debbie Leigh says: Set goals but don't forget to make them realistic! Be mindful when thinking about
what you want to change or achieve in the new year....are you making that change for yourself or others?
Suzanne Wilson says: Take some quiet time for yourself - the new moon in January could be a good time - to reflect on things you'd like to change and write it down on a paper or in your diary.
Joel Delaney says: Make your goals realistic and make them fun. For example, exercising is a lot more
realistic if you run to the coffee shop, or walk the dog, rather than spending 20 minutes on a treadmill. Also, if you want to start doing something new, put it between 2 other things you already do. For example, put exercise between waking up and breakfast, and this way you are adding it to your routine and more likely to keep doing it.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” Jim Rohn