Resolutions vs. Goals in My Opinion

Welcome to 2014! I have to say, it feels pretty good to be in a fresh year. There is truly something about starting the new year off with thinking more positively about not only yourself, but the world around you.

I have to say 2012 and 2013 were probably my toughest years. Although I graduated college this past December, I have faced a lot of difficult things that most individuals my age do not have to go through. Luckily, I’ve seemed to only grow from those experiences and now I want to use all that energy I have for 2014.

When I see any friends or family, they ask me know, “What is your resolution for this year?” Well, I have decided to not make any resolutions. I feel that resolutions are just easily given up on and forgotten about(in some cases).

During my final semester in college, I learned a great way to create and maintain goals, which has helped me in some cases (somethings I just have no control over). The few ways I have found to create and maintain goals is to put a date on it, write it down and read it everyday (My professor would be so proud). It is also important to make them “SMART” goals, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, and Timely.

I posted my personal goals in my bedroom so when I wake up, I know what I want to accomplish for myself. My professional goals, I have written in my wallet, so if I am ever in doubt, I have a place to look at them. Especially when you are a fresh college graduate and you want to give up, its nice to refer to that piece of paper and think of all the positive things that could happen if you stick to what you want!

Life can truly just run away from you if you don’t keep up with it. So here is to 2014 and I hope I keep up with all the madness it may (or may not) have in store for me!

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