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  • Writer's pictureCassandra Hogan


Updated: Nov 18, 2021

The beginning of a new year (and new decade!) is a perfect time for self-reflection, assessing your goals and where you want to be, then making a solid plan of action to make it your best year yet!

Having a plan for yourself, and what you wish to achieve provides direction, purpose and a sense of accomplishment, all contributing to a rewarding and amazing life.

Here are a few tips to help you on your journey to become the best version of yourself for the new year.

Goal Setting

Setting your goals helps to prioritize what is important in your life. It positively impacts your well being, knowing that you are on the right track for where you want to be heading.

When goal setting, the three most important steps are to figure out your what, when and why.

What: Be clear on exactly what you want to achieve. Being specific helps to keep you motivated.

When: Set your goals over different time periods. Have a plan for your goals that you wish to achieve in six weeks, six months to one year, and five to ten years.

Why: Why is this goal important to you? Is it for personal or material reasons? Looking at your ‘why’ will be your motivation, your passion and it will make you excited to smash your goals!

Express your goals in present tense, as if they are happening already. This is amazing for your mindset and act as positive affirmations.

Over the year, keep your goals in sight and review them often. Life is always changing and therefore your goals may change, or you may need to tweak them, so they stay relevant.

Your Time is a Priority

Everyone has the same number of hours in the day, the success lies in how we use them.

Time management provides the foundation for everything you do. For some people it is the difference between living an enjoyable, amazing life to simply existing in a disorganized, hectic environment.

The key is to become aware of how you spend your time. How much time do you really spend scrolling your social media, watching TV or procrastinating?

Once you are conscious of your time, identify how you would like to spend it, make a plan at the beginning of the week and try to stick to it as best as you can so that you can keep working towards achieving your goals!

A Balanced Life

Most people strive for a life where everything is balanced. Where everything feels in perfect equilibrium and you are filled with calmness, satisfaction and joy. Who wouldn’t want that right?!

To achieve your balanced life, the most important tip is to put yourself first. When goal setting, make sure you have your personal goals well covered (not just work, family…). For time management, block out time for yourself, for your personal goals and for relaxation time. It’s important to do this so that we can recharge from the ever-demanding world we live in.

By looking after ourselves first, we fill our cup. We have more energy, more calmness and more patience to deal with the other areas in our life. We have more to give to the people around us and you’ll find your world will become more enjoyable on a day to day basis.

Make yourself a priority!

You’ve got this!

This article was written for The Inspired Guide - Issue #7  

Published on Dec 31, 2019


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