With the new year coming up, a lot of you might want to set some resolutions but worry that you won’t be able to accomplish them. You are not alone! Resolutions can often be challenging. If you are interested in making changes for the new year, it might be impactful to look at resolutions in terms of goals. It is important to understand the length, plans, and actions to take when establishing your resolutions.
There are two types of goals:
1. Short term goals can be accomplished quickly. Ranging anywhere from one day to one year.
2. Long term goals take a year or longer and require more time and planning.
Understanding the difference between these two types of goals is important for resolutions because they determine how to plan and develop your changes.
If you want to accomplish something quickly (like taking a class, finishing a book, losing a couple of pounds, etc.) then you can set a short term goal. If you want to start something that will take a longer (like graduating college, starting a business, building a family, etc. ) then you can create a long term goal.
People often struggle with New Year's resolutions because they mix up short and long term goals. Some goals take longer than others. It also depends on the person, timing and many other contributing factors. Just because a goal is long term doesn’t mean that it cannot be a resolution for you at the beginning of the year. All goals have to start at some point! Starting and maintaining a goal is a huge accomplishment!
The planning and actions behind goals are also very important! You can have a goal that you want, but you should also consider how you want to make the goal a reality. This can be done by using objectives. Objectives are ways in which we accomplish a goal.
For example, if your goal is to ‘work towards graduating college’ (long term goal) some objectives could be: to enroll in your next semester, plan out future coursework, continue saving money for classes, update your academic plan when needed, work on time management skills, etc. Although you might not graduate by the end of the year, you are actively working towards that goal and creating objectives that help guide you along the way.
If you create New Year's resolutions this year, we encourage you to think about the goals and objectives you want to set. They will help you succeed and manage your resolutions. If you are upset about not accomplishing the New Year's resolutions form last, practice some self-compassion. Try this formate and recreate those same goals for this year.
Remember, you are in control of how you want to live and change can only begin when you allow it!
We are constantly rooting for you at New Leaf and wish you the best for the New Year!