A Happy Goal is a Good Goal

The holidays and hubbub are over and now it’s time to focus on a new year.  The great thing about celebrating New Years is that it gives us the opportunity to let go of the past and focus on the future.  It’s a time of hope, a clean slate.

You will likely read tons of stories on the Internet about setting your goals and resolutions for the coming year.  I know a lot of my friends do not like making resolutions.  Resolutions often entail changing habits and as we get older that is a very difficult thing to do.

Setting new goals and resolutions need not be about eating healthier or exercising more (though those are certainly great goals).  It should be about how you feel right now and how you want to feel in the future.

I mentioned in a previous post that a few of my friends have taken the plunge and gone back to school.  Without giving ages away, let’s just say that both my friends and I are “middle-aged” so going back to school typically means staying up well after everyone has gone to bed.  It means studying and school work are tucked in around an already full life.  I’ve been there and know first hand how difficult it can be.  But finishing your education, getting that degree and learning everything you learn along the way gives you a great feeling of accomplishment.

It is that ‘feeling’ that should be your goal for 2014.  What would make you so happy that you would feel like you are on top of the world?

As we head towards the New Year take some time and make a list of everything you can think of that would give you that feeling.  Write down as many things as you can think of.  They can be simple things like hiking that mountain you haven’t hiked since the kids were little or just hanging out with your friends more.

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but just could never find the time?  Now’s the time.  Take that yoga class, learn a new language, volunteer at the animal shelter.  A goal that makes you feel good is a goal you are likely to stick with.

Life is too short to worry about exercising that extra half hour a day.  Unless it makes you happy, you aren’t likely to do it anyway.  But offer to walk dogs at the shelter and you kill two birds with one stone…figuratively that is.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you should and shouldn’t do this year.  Find that thing (or things) that gives that bubbly butterfly sensation in the pit of your stomach and do it.  Let your goal for 2014 be that you will allow yourself the guilty pleasure of enjoying life.

What will your goal be for 2014?

 

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