The Journey is What Makes The Goal

We’re halfway through January and I feel called to talk about goals! Did you set any for the new year? Do you think it’s silly? Do you remember what your goals for last year were? Did you complete them all?

This year I’m looking at my goals differently!

First of all, The New Year, New You mentality is everywhere, but the more I learn about myself, the more I’m grateful for my flaws and my attributes. I don’t agree that you need to be a “new you”, you can simply expand on the you that is already!

Dr. Suess said it best: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

And I believe that! What we consider our flaws are sometimes what other people admire about us! So it’s important to set goals that are going to push you towards the best version of yourself, without being hard on yourself. For instance, I don’t need to lose weight, I need to get healthy and fuel my body with proper nutrition and exercise. The weight loss will be the side effect of taking care of my body. Simply by spinning those resolutions into positive statements it makes it so much easier to carry them forward, and reach success.

Secondly, I think it’s important to remember how far we’ve come when we’re looking to set goals for the future. Before setting new goals, take time to reflect on the lessons you’ve learned over your life, the past year, and even the past week. Take time to celebrate all that you’ve accomplished!!

Hint: I love to create a “bucket list” of all of the amazing things I’ve already accomplished, in my life time and a general reflection on the last year.

Third of all, reflecting on past accomplishments, allows us to celebrate ourselves, and to create space mentally and physically for all of the amazing things we have yet to receive. This is important because I believe in setting goals with a vague idea of how you are going to get there. Set a variety of goals: simple goals that you know you can easily achieve and HUGE, crazy goals that seem so far out of reach. And then be open to opportunities that present themselves along the way.

You may never make it to your huge, crazy goal, but I can guarantee you that the goal you end up accomplishing will be far greater than you could have ever imagined. It’s the journey when you are aiming towards those goals that will have you gaining more!

Be grateful for the journey and enjoy the ride! Happy 2019!