Are you Accomplishing your Goals in this New Year?

Jogging on a bright November morning

Article by Wendy McCance

We are at the end of January.  One month of the new year is in the bag.  Now is the perfect time to review what your goals are for 2013.  Have you started to work on those goals? Do you think based on one month that you are starting on a more productive path?

These are the questions I have been asking myself the last few days.  What did I like about 2012?  What would I change in 2013?  Have I started to change the direction to a more positive one, or am I already bottoming out?

Everyone struggles with the process of changing thoughts into action.  I know I have had a particularly difficult time trying to move towards my goals.

What is it about taking that inner voice and making some actual moves towards your goals that is so hard?  I mean I can see where I want to land.  When I gear up and do the work, I feel excited to be pushing myself.  I also feel relief that I am not dragging my feet.  Yet, the process of kicking yourself in the butt and doing the work is still difficult to begin and even harder to continue to do.

Anyone can have anything if they put their mind to it.  It all comes down to how badly you want something.  How willing are you to break those bad habits and explore some new avenues?  Going on an adventure into the unknown sounds like fun.  You know, just shake things up a bit and see where you land.  Why is it so hard then to take a leap towards something you know will be better?

I am determined to see my goals through.  If they don’t end up panning out, I know that it will have still been worth the effort.  How about you?  Are you plugging away at your goals, or have they already fizzled out?  Write a comment and share your goals and where you’re at.  Let’s pull together and motivate each other. :)

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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25 thoughts on “Are you Accomplishing your Goals in this New Year?

  1. One of the goals for this year is to publish a book. There has been a lot of progress in such a short time. I finished the novel I was working on and it is now with the editor. Many more steps to go before I reach one of the goals. Many more goals to go. :)

    Everyone can do it. Perseverance and determination are key, as well as a list of every step. Every time I finish a step, I check it off. That’s how I can keep myself motivated and see that I have actually accomplished something toward the end goal.

    You can do it. I have faith in you!

  2. Yes, I am well on my way to reaching my goals for this year. I care for an beautiful 94 year old woman as well as my mom and keep a blog. I am working on my second book as well. I have always been busy with something or another.

  3. Well.. it really needs a hell lot of “DETERMINATION” & “FOCUS”.
    And about my goals…I just wanted 2 keep everyone around me happy.. & its just a month and I am not able 2 keep up my promise..To be honest sometimes lands you in troubles… & not being honest is something that is not allowed by my conscious.
    Coming on simpler short term goals also..its just a fight between me & my thoughts,,.. I drive myself on one side & my feelings pulls me back on other side…its like a tug-of-war… Let’s see who gets through :)

  4. I’ve given up on giving up. 😉 I like to live by Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo” lyric: “Every day is Christmas, and every night is New Year’s Eve.” Not too practical, but what romantic person is? <3

  5. Finding one’s way is a lifelong journey. Another challenge or obstacle will certainly be in everyone’s future, no matter what age you are. I lived long enough to know that, and I encourage you, Wendy, and all who read and post, to keep your joy along the way. If you find for whatever reason you are not living up to the goals you have set, making those changes you so passionately want, love yourself anyway. If you don’t, no one else will. Several years ago I decided I would try something new every month. It didn’t have to be a big thing. It could be going to a local historical site I’d always wanted to visit but never made the time. Or it could be big, like swimming a mile race in open water. I met the goal and have continued doing something different every month and now a friend does it too. It infuses life with energy and it winds up radiating into other parts of your life. I wish all of you success in your goals, but above all, joy and love.

  6. Nope, I’m not even close…. After my mom had a stroke, I’ve spent all my time at the various hospitals and rehabs. At least I guess walking across huge parking lots might count a little. 😀

  7. This year I decided to make my goals more of a compromise. I seem to always make goals related to my parenting or my kids. But I often realize it’s futile to do that simply because I’m not the only one in the game! It’s hard ot make changes when no one else gets the memo. So this year I went with a compromise rather than a resolution;) I wrote about it on the blog, but it boils down to this:
    “I will work hard to contain my anger, keep a calm voice, have reasonable expectations and relax more if you stop doing stupid shit.”

    See? A compromise;)


  8. My first year is a week away and it’s been quite a ride. I have learned so much and have gained so many new friends from it all. As far as my goals I have reached 90% of what I set out to accomplish and have reset new goals for next year. It all gets down to focus, desire and determination. I wish you ALL the best in you coming year. :-)

  9. Wendy, great post! I use to have the usual goals of losing weight and making more money. Never to obtain them. So this year I wanted to make the goal more obtainable. I decided each year I will learn to do something new and I have done that. It sounds easy to do but I had to push myself to learn to do something. I’m not an IT person but I have pushed myself to learn more applications on the computer and to update my old skills. It can be challenging to push yourself and I have often felt the same as you. So thank you for your post!

    • I think your idea is fabulous. a perfect way to really live your life. Pushing yourself to learn something new isn’t as easy as it seems. Sounds like you are on a great path.

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