How to Reset You in 2018
Some years are great, others just OK. Whether you had a great 2017 or not, every year is a blank slate. An opportunity to reset yourself – your mindset, your daily activities, your physical self and your goals, to achieve a fantastic new year.
Go forward into 2018 with a “got this” mindset and a reset you. It is going to be a fantastic year. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Evaluate your current situation – Grab a cup of coffee, some paper and pen, find a quiet corner and think about where are you now. What has happened, how you feel inside and what do you like or dislike in your life. Take stock of all areas of your life – health, friends and family, career, finances, your physical self; ranking your happiness with each. Listen to your heart and your intuition about what is OK and what needs a reset.
- Set a clear vision for what you want – Make a “big picture” list of what you want in your life. Visualize where you want to be in 5 years. Make sure to understand why you want it and what it helps you accomplish. What needs to happen this year to get there?
- Ditch the bad stuff – All of it - toxic friends, relationships or habits. Anything that makes you feel bad, puts you in the wrong mindset or stops you from doing the stuff you love to do. Stop comparing yourself to others or thinking negative thoughts – just focus on you, and your goals in a positive manner.
- Declutter your life – Clearing out the old can have such a positive effect on your outlook. Get rid of the old clothes you don’t wear, clean out your phone or tablet of apps you no longer use, clear out your old emails, clean off your desk, deep clean your house and office. Buy a new calendar or download a new organization app. You will feel so much better and ready to take on the world!
- Build a plan – A reset 2018 plan. List out your big goals for the year. Underneath each list mini-goals that will help you get there. Work backward – if one of your big goals is to be done in 6 months, what are the mini steps you can do each day, week or month to get there? Small actions move toward big goals. As the article, “To Achieve a Major Goal, First Tackle a Few Small Ones,” in the Harvard Business Review states, tackling smaller goals first helps you see progress and motives you toward your goal. It also helps to build your skills and gives you early feedback on what is needed to accomplish the bigger goal. Write your goals down and categorize them into weekly, monthly and yearly accomplishments. Make sure you include a list of things you’d love to do – not just work or obligations. Some new adventure is essential for a healthy mindset in the new year.
- Create an accountability system – Consider sharing your goals with a close friend or family member and asking if they would meet with you monthly to review your progress. The act of meeting to discuss your goals will make you stop before the meeting and consider where you are and what adjustments need to happen. Schedule appointments with yourself (book them on your calendar) to sit uninterrupted to evaluate where you are. This self-time can also act as a few moments of mindfulness to clear your head and assess how you are feeling. A study at Wharton shows that when people form a plan about how they will follow up on their goals the rate of follow-through increases. Keep your goal calendar updated and “check off” any steps big or small that you accomplish. The act of checking off completed goals will give you a sense of accomplishment and a positive mindset toward your goals.
- Learn to say no - It is important and good to help others, but too much of that can sometimes derail you from helping you. Learn to say no to added requests from others when you need the time to work on your goals.
- It is OK to have a misstep – Failure helps us learn and grow – if you tried for something and it didn’t work that is OK. Consider asking for help if you believe that will help you accomplish your goal. Fight for what you want as long as it makes sense and then let go. You can reset again and adjust the target.
Head off into 2018 with a reset you, a "got this" attitude and a list of amazing goals you will accomplish. 2018 is going to be great – we can feel it, can’t you?