So there you are on New Year's Eve…
Whether you're sipping champagne with friends or enjoying a quiet evening alone, the clean slate of the coming year is bound to cross your mind. The thought of a whole 365 days to achieve your goals is exhilarating and nerve-wracking all at the same time. You know there are things you need to get accomplished but you can't help but think about all the times you've failed in the past. Are you just setting yourself up for more disappointment? Should you even bother with resolutions? Before giving up completely, take a look at other ways of advancing your life without setting any tedious goals.
What You Want and How to Get It
Let's say your goal is to have $5,000 in your savings account by the end of the year. The problem with setting a goal like this is that if you fall short, even slightly, you're going to feel discouraged. Instead of setting a goal at all, turn your attention to the process of getting there instead. You want to save money? Great! There is no need for an arbitrary number to weigh you down. Focus on putting a small portion of your paycheck away or doing a side-job. These are all tasks you would have done anyway but with no goal in mind, there is no risk of failure.
Tweak Bad Habits
Another major problem that you may find with setting goals is that even if you achieve them, they're often inconsequential to your overall lifestyle. Think of your desk at work. Pretend it's a mess. You tell yourself that you need to clean it by the end of the week. Friday comes along and mission accomplished! Sadly though, you did nothing to maintain your clean desk and two weeks later you're in the same boat. Try tweaking your habits. Improving the way you live your life will eliminate the need for many of these minor goals that can be changed based off ending bad habits!
Get Out of the Box
You might be happy with your life for the most part. There are, of course, quite a few things you would like to change. This is completely normal, you are human after all. Without goals taking up space in your brain, it gives you the opportunity to explore options you wouldn't have noticed otherwise. For example, let's go back to the savings account goal from earlier. While trying to earn extra cash, you end up really enjoying one of the side hustles you stumbled upon. If you have a goal you are trying to reach, you might ignore this new-found passion and keep chipping away at your objective. On the other hand, if there is no endgame, you will never have to feel guilty about following new interests.
So many people get setting goals mixed up with self improvement.
While thinking about your future is a great mindset to have, goals are not always the best course of action. Consider other ways of getting what you want, including quick tasks and adjustments to your habits. No specific set of rules also opens you up to new experiences that will make you fulfilled in other ways. This year, don't stick with the same daunting resolutions, take a new path and see what happens.