By Spencer Messer | January 1, 2016
We’ve reached that special time of year again where people re-evaluate the way they have lived for the past 365 days. Somewhere in the evaluation, we’ve decided there’s a problem and it needs to be resolved. A New Year’s resolution suddenly seems like a shiny, glimmering promise of improvement.
There is nothing wrong with using the new year as an opportunity to accomplishing a goal, but if you really want to get it done, why wait?
The ability to set new goals throughout the year is important. Sometimes we set really hard goals without even realizing it, so we fail early on. On the other hand, if you accomplish a goal quickly, replace it with another goal that is even more challenging. Achieving these short-term milestones builds the confidence you’ll need to pursue long-term goals.
I’m going to give this idea a shot. Some of my goals will be short term so they can be accomplished in a couple of months, like working toward a return to graduate school. Others will be long-term goals that will probably continue for years to come.
Final thought, and honestly one of the most important: seek accountability. We are big believers in the benefits of community and sharing life with one another. Try being vulnerable and working on goals with people that are close to you. If you have goals for running or cycling, check out apps like Strava which create an online platform to track workouts and also give feedback to other people you follow. Accountability will simply help encourage you to stick to your plans to achieve success.
Join me this year by changing the way we think about resolutions. As simple as it sounds, don’t wait to pursue your goals. Let’s find everyday resolutions that help mold us into the people we want to become.
Thanks for a fun year and cheers to a new year of growth for you and all of us here at Try Hard!