What to do before setting the new year's resolution? (2019 version)


I think we can all say that it's time of the year where you will see your Facebook page get flooded with "New Year New Me" mantra. oh yes, it's the time where many of us are starting to feel the omph to list down your new year's resolution. But here's what you could do to set better new year's resolution!

Ealier in November, I actually already started planning my 2019 goals & focuses. Surprisingly, I'm already acting on it! So here's some of my tips!

1. Set long-term goals
Rather than jumping into the whole one-year plan, trying mapping out a 5-years/10-years plan instead! By seeing your future goals, you then get to move backwards and set your one year plan.

Why is this important? I believe most of us have this experience of setting goals because 'just because' without looking at the big picture. What is your big picture in life? Is it to be debt free or starting your own business? Whatever the big picture is, you have to set what you ultimately want to achieve.

Here's my example: 
Big picture: I wish to be debt free in 10 years time.
2018 goals: Travel! 

Do you see how both of them are not aligned? lol. As much as I love travelling, clearing my PTPTN loan is more important for my 10 years goal. So instead here's what I set:

Big picture: I wish to be debt free in 10 years time.
2019 goal: To set aside X amount of money to pay for PTPTN loan each month, to travel once overseas and twice locally. 

In a way, I'm not compromising my urge to travel but instead I'm making it more realistic. You can use the template to work on finding your dream life & 10 years plan.

Create your dream life by creating a list of things that you want to achieve from each areas. Know that you are an amazing human being and you are made up of different experiences like family, career and personal goals. You can add in/take away some of the aspects as you wish because, do you!

*Start from your 10 years plan and slowly move backwards. A quick tip is to do it with pencil first because I guarantee you, you'll be changing them throughout. I even noted down my age of each year (scary I know) to give myself a clearer picture, but again, you shouldn't be restricting what you want to do because of you age!

2. Reflect on previous goals
Know what went well, what did not, and why they did/did not work is a very important way to set your new year right. For example, I was not achieving my health goal in 2018 because I didn't create a habit/system to achieve the goal. I also didn't achieve some of my personal goals because I was too passive, waiting for opportunities to arrive at my doorsteps instead of taking actions to initiate them.
So this year, I'll be creating a system/habits to achieve my goals.

3. Clear space = clear mind
Too cluttered with the noises on what you want to do? You parents says you need to get a higher paying job, your friends suggest you to buy a new car, the world telling you to make more money? Just know that this is YOUR life and you should create your own goal.  Get a brand new sheet of paper for brain dump session. Clean out your physical and mental space before working on your new goals. Know that it is ok to feel suffocated on so many informations and noises outside, but you don't have to accept them. Take actions to clear out your space to have a clearer vision.

4. Setting your values
Know your values and your whys. For example, why do you want to travel the world? Is it because you love the "idea" or is it because your want to explore? Regardless of the answer, always check on why you are making those goals and decisions. One of my goals is to do solo travelling again, and that's because I know it will help expand my worldview. The more personal and in-depth your whys, the better you will stick to your plan and goals.

5. It's ok to change the plan! 
A lot of people feel guilty about not achieving their own goals. At the end, we all feel disheartened about 'failing', or some not even wanting to start. But I'm here to tell you that, it is ok, instead, very ok! We're humans, we change, our values change and our goals change. Know your pace, and trust your timing in life.

Do you have any other tips on setting goals? How do you do so? Leave a comment below to let me know!

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