As we approach the middle of the year, have you taken some time to reconnect with or reassess the goals you set at the beginning of it? It’s the perfect opportunity to refocus on where you were in January and where you hoped or planned to be by now.
It’s okay if you didn’t set any goals this year or haven’t quite met them yet. For various reasons, goals can fall through – it’s part of the learning curve that is life, and we all go through it. Still, you might be surprised to learn that most of us share the same goal-related struggles, which are not always due to a lack of motivation or resources.
When goals fail, it’s often because a person is focused on the outcomes rather than the goals themselves, and to achieve the outcome, you must value and engage in the process. So, if you are looking for a goal to work toward for December, first decide that you aspire to be the person who lives a lifestyle that enables them to reach their goal. In other words, set a reasonable goal and break it down into achievable daily habits. Here are three ideas to choose from or help you get inspired:
Build a morning or evening routine
Before you continue reading, pause for a moment and think about what an ideal morning or evening routine would look like for you? Better yet, what would it feel like if your day had a little more flow and purpose?
Your morning or evening routine can comprise as many steps as you want. While you can start it today, what makes it a long-term goal is that you do not want to try all the steps at once. Instead, you will want to start with one or two things, and once those become habits, build upon your routine from there. For example, maybe you start your morning with a glass of lemon water instead of (or at least before) coffee. And as your coffee brews, you do a 5–10-minute meditation.
Start a blog
Is there something unique you have wanted to share with the world? Travels or fashion you wish to document? Maybe you have some thoughts you want to get off your chest, and you think that someone out there can relate to your experiences and find healing in your words.
With various platforms online (many of them free), blogging is accessible to anyone with a laptop and Wi-Fi. So, look online to get inspired and plan the steps you need to take to have an up-and-running blog before January. Maybe your first step is to get inspired by looking at creative and colorful templates online or reading other relevant blogs.
Become a minimalist
If you know anything about the minimalist lifestyle, it may recall thoughts of owning two pieces of furniture or three pairs of socks. But despite what some people say, there aren’t any rigid guidelines for becoming a minimalist – you get to set those for yourself. At any rate, as you begin to adopt a more minimal lifestyle, you will come to realize the title “minimalist” is as needless as many of your possessions. The takeaway is embracing life with less stuff and more experiences.
Will you set a deadline for July to donate or resell all the clothes you haven’t worn in a year? In the months that follow, maybe you earn or save some money to meet your goal for December – a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. It’s Christmas in July! And it all starts with the goals you set now.