7 Goals That Will Get You Going in the New Year
article submitted by Lori Hernandez
1. Get very clear on your intentions.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? How about 10 years from now? Life seems in the big picture to be a very long time, but what we sometimes fail to realize is that it can pass you by before you know it. Stop and think about if what you’re doing right now is making you happy and moving you toward your goal. Then map a clear picture of where you want to see yourself in the near future. Break it down into small expectations, but don’t forget to dream big. The clearer you are about the future you want, the more likely it will happen for you.
2. Write it down.
When you figure out what your goals are, write them down. It’s a proven fact that those people that write down their goals are more likely to accomplish them than those who don’t.
It sounds simple, but cannot be stressed enough —make a plan and write it down. Hang you plan somewhere you’ll see it every day, and focus on each step. Take advantage of everyday that we have in this beautiful world and watch your dreams come true before your very eyes.
3. Get Physical Exercise.
This is pretty self explanatory. Get outside and go for a walk. Turn your music up really loud and take a five minute dance break. Schedule Pilates 3 times a week and put it on your calendar. Be sure to schedule your exercise regimen on your calendar or it will more than likely slip your mind. Call a friend and go for a hike. Exploring new places can be good for your body but also for your mind and soul.
4. Work on your relationships.
Call a friend or family member that you haven’t spoken to in a while. Schedule a lunch with a new friend.
Researchers have found that we are happier when we are with other people. Research has also found that happy people are more pleasant, helpful and sociable (this really makes sense – those researchers are definitely on to something here). So if being around people makes us feel happier, and when we are happier we are more fun to be around, we are creating an “upward spiral” of happiness. Wow. This happiness stuff isn’t too hard after all. They even wrote a song about it. (Clap your hands)
5. Have someone hold you accountable.
Find a buddy, a coach or a friend who can provide ongoing support over time. It’s easy to lose focus, but if you have someone waiting for you at the trailhead, you are 99% more likely to get out of bed and get those running shoes on. So call up that friend, mentor or neighbor and let them know you’re ready to rock this life!
6. Allocate time to your goals.
In order to to achieve your goals, you need to invest time, energy and effort into making it happen. This is when you need to stay focused on your intentions and passion. Stay focused on what you want for your future and make the time, even if it’s just a few hours a week. It may mean giving up certain commitments to work toward your goals, just be easy with yourself and follow your heart.
7. Be Grateful.
Wake up in the morning with a heart full of gratitude for having a warm bed to sleep in, having clean water to drink, having a hot shower and breathing in fresh air. When you’re in that hot shower, give a big smile and know that you are blessed. In the hopes of not sounding like a mom of four boys, be thankful and delight in everything we have and do….not everyone is as blessed as you.
8. Have faith in the universe, higher spiritual power or whichever belief system you uphold and know that synchronicity will happen to you.
Once you’re clear on your intention, pay attention to what the world is telling you. When you’re on the right track, you naturally tend to be in the right place at the right time, meet the right people and feel good about your decisions. This is called synchronicity, and when we have synchronicity, things just seem to fall into place on their own without force. Here’s to an amazing year of relationship building, dream catching and goal setting!
Lori Hernandez is a Board Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach that support families with health and wellness counseling. Lori started the company Juice Buds with her husband and four boys to inspire and encourage parents and kids around the world to make conscious decisions about nutrition and living the life they were meant to live. Lori lives in Laguna Beach, California with her husband, four boys and two dogs. For more inspiration on how to have a healthy vivacious life, visit her at juicebuds.com and lorihernandezhealth.com.