Let’s welcome the new year with optimism! Here are some positive goals for 2017 you might want to set for yourself.
The start of a new year is commonly seen as an opportunity to get a fresh start, a time to set new resolutions and say goodbye to old habits. I believe you can get the same opportunity at any time of the year, but there’s something about the beginning of it that brings a different perspective. So, to make the most out of that new year motivation, let’s set some positive goals for 2017!
This post will give you a guideline of broad positive goals to help you set smaller goals that are right for you. However, the key to achieving a goal is to make a concrete plan. So make sure to download our free printables to plan them!
Positive Goals for 2017
Get rid of the mess. Take some time each week to organize your living space, and let go of unnecessary things that take up space but you have grown attached to. Invest in products for storage that will help you get organized. Free yourself from things that keep you from feeling that your life is in order. Declutter your room, your closet, your pantry, every part of your home, even your smartphone and your computer, and you will find some peace from doing so. [Here’s how I decluttered my phone last year.]
2. Waste less
Think about ways that you can reduce how much waste you generate. Could you use tote bags instead of disposable plastic bags when you go grocery shopping? Could you refill a water bottle at home to take to the gym instead of buying another one?
If every person in the world made small changes like these, we could really start making a difference in the environment. This is one of my goals for 2017 that I really want to work on. On the other hand, wasting less can also mean other things, like wasting less money on things you don’t need, wasting less energy and water by turning off electric devices and taking shorter showers, or even wasting less time on overthinking and caring about what other people think. [Here’s an idea for keeping your budget.]
3. Make healthier choices
Ok, so this may actually be the most common new year’s resolution that everyone makes. It’s probably already one of your goals for 2017. But what often makes people fail in this is setting an unrealistic goal. This is a goal that is not impossible at all if you take it slow and steady. Make very small steps, but stick to them.
For example, instead of trying to commit to going to the gym everyday for an hour, how about you start by stretching for 5 minutes every day? That’s something you can stick to, and you can then add to. Maybe after a couple of weeks you’ll feel like you can do more and you’ll add a walk around the block, or something like that. Instead of trying to commit to a very strict diet which will probably overwhelm you, how about you start by simply drinking more water, or eating one fruit a day?
These are all healthy choices, and with smaller steps, there’s a much bigger chance that you will make it through the year without giving up on them. [Here are some ideas to be more active!]
4. Make time for what matters
It’s easy to get tangled up in work and responsibilities. It happens to all of us. Nevertheless, it is an absolute necessity to make time for other important things. Make the time to do what you love. You may think there are just not enough hours in the day, but the key is to cut time from the things that are not as important. For instance, if you enjoy painting, you really love it, and you don’t do it much because you think you don’t have time, but you spend hours watching tv or on Facebook when you get home from work because you’re tired, couldn’t you cut an hour from that for painting?
Prioritize. Make time for your hobbies, or to spend time with your family, go out with your friends or significant other, make time to meditate, to rest, to enjoy nature. Whatever is important to you should take up an important portion of your time.
5. Be kinder
There is so much hate and negativity in this world. With social media, a lot of people have grown to be so insensible and just plain cruel, thinking that writing things from behind a screen bears no consequences. Don’t take part in it.
Changing the world could start by changing ourselves into kinder, more compassionate and empathetic people. Refrain yourself from judging and criticizing others. A great goal could be giving a compliment to a different person each day. Even if it’s just a comment on a blog or a YouTube video. You could be making someone’s day a whole lot better with just a small act of kindness. Make an effort to be understanding and patient with others, because you never know what they’re going through in their lives.
On the other hand, another important goal is to be kinder to yourself. Give yourself credit for your achievements, no matter how big or small they are. Compliment yourself, love yourself, give yourself a break! You deserve kindness too.
6. Focus on the positive
This goal is very important to me, especially this year. It’s easy to drown in negative thoughts. It’s easy to see and/or expect the worse in every situation. But you have to train your mind to focus on the positive things. Flood your mind with positive thoughts, even if you don’t fully believe them at first. Start your day with positive affirmations.
“Today will be a good day, because I will make it so.” “I am fully capable of anything I set my mind to.” “I will confront any problems I run into this day and find ways to resolve them efficiently.” These are just some examples of thoughts that can help you prepare to focus on the positive. Focus on what could go right, instead of what could go wrong.
7. Plan better
Like I mentioned before, the key to achieving any goal is to make a concrete plan. Writing down your ideas and the steps you need to take can make you see them as real goals, right within your reach. If you don’t already have one, get a planner for 2017. Look for one that has a style that you really like, so you’ll always look forward to using it. There are tons of printables out there that can help you plan each step towards achieving your goal.
These are all goals that we should set for ourselves for life, not just for the first weeks of the new year. Using these guideline goals, set more specific goals that are right for you and commit yourself to them. Aim higher each time you achieve one of them. And write all of them down so you can visualize your objectives! Download this free printable to write down your goals for 2017.
Also, check out this past post about new things to try at the beginning of the year!
We wish all of you an awesome, productive, creative, and successful 2017! ♥
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