No this is not going to be a blog full of New Year’s Resolutions. What good are resolutions anyways? They are goals set up at the first of the year that we will try to do and mainly fail at them. But it does give us a little motivation to try and do better in the beginning.
So how do we set goals and stay accountable? That is a very good question. I think I average a month to 3 months obtaining my New Year goals. (We will just call our resolutions goals to make things simpler.) So how do I continue 365 days achieving my goal(s)?
Well this year’s new me started in November of last year. I decided that life could start again after 40. (Yes I turned 40 last year.) I decided to go back to school. I am enrolled through an online college to get my Associates Degree in Computer Information Systems. I am excited and nervous and just down right scared. I have doubts some days that I can get through this. And some days I am just super excited to get home and work on my coursework.
I have to say that my current job isn’t one that I hate. I love what I do. But due to health reasons I will eventually have to find other work. So I am currently not in a rush to move on but I know I need to establish a better resume so if and when the time comes I will be prepared and have options. I have not told many that I am back in school. Mainly so people won’t have their own opinions about why I am going back and that if this all goes south I wouldn’t have to tell everyone I failed. But why would I want to keep something so important a secret?
So this brings us back to how to keep our goals year round. Accountability. That is a very important word. Accountability keeps us in check. Keeps us at our word. Makes us do what we said we would do. I need to let others know what my goals are, in particular my decision to go back to school. I already have a few checking in on me and seeing how my progress is going. Now do I want to disappoint them and say I have not been doing my work like I am suppose to? Absolutely not. Well maybe it is not a disappointment as much as it is making me look bad if I have to admit I have been a slacker. Whether they realize it or not these people are holding me accountable for my actions. I trusted them enough to let them know what my plans are so they want to keep up with how my work is coming along. I also have my family supporting me. This is very time consuming so they have to make adjustments as well. They help me stay accountable by giving me the extra time I need to study. They help out so that I can have more time to focus on my school work.
So maybe we do need some resolutions/goals for the new year. But we need to really let others know what is really important to us. Get a buddy or two to really keep up with how things are coming along. Someone cannot make you continue doing something that you don’t want to do or that you have slacked on doing. But if they know how important it is you will have a great support group and the accountability you need to make 2019 a better year.
So really think about how this new year can be better for you. Not just for a month or two but long term. I am so afraid of change that I just keep doing the same thing over and over. Nothing will change or get better if you don’t make the first step to improve your life. Life is short, life is not guaranteed. So get out there and make a change! And don’t be afraid to share it. Make this year and the years to come really matter!