Often people are led to believe that if you don’t have your goals in place right from the start of the year, that you’re already behind and less likely to be successful.
Not only is this not the case, but I actually think it can be better to take your time and NOT start the year with goals already set.
Something we are generally terrible at is acknowledging the progress we’ve made and celebrating our wins.
So taking the time at the end of the year to take stock of the progress we’ve made is really important.
Then I think it’s equally important that we take the opportunity to properly switch-off and enjoy some down-time (we’re generally terrible at doing this too).
You can’t do either of these if you’re already jumping ahead to new goals and what you want to do next.
Which means that if you’ve taken the time to reflect on your progress. Then you’ve relaxed and switched off. There’s a good chance you’ll be starting the New Year without new goals set.
And that’s good!
Because now you’re in a better place mentally. You’re feeling positive about what you’ve achieved and you’re far better equipped to start the New Year and take on the challenges to come.
I don’t know about you but I’d prefer to take a little time to plan my route before starting a journey. Rather than setting off at full speed without knowing if you’re going in the right direction.
Which is how I view the start of the year.
It’s when you begin gathering your thoughts about potential goals.
Fully committing to them once you’re happy they are going to take you in the direction you want to go.
Then you begin to map out an action plan from there.
You remove that feeling of pressure and start the year feeling calm and in control.
If you’ve already got your goals in place then great.
But if you haven’t yet then don’t worry.
Take your time to plan the right destination and route for you then get after it!