Accomplishing Goals For The New Year
This is the final Afrologik article of 2018. I’ve expressed to you all how very appreciative I am of your support, so I won’t go into detail with that gratitude. However, I truly hope that I have given you all something positive that you can take into 2019. Through writing this blog, I’ve discovered much about myself, so thank you all for allowing me to share my thoughts with you. ( To go on with this subject would be an act of redundancy. If you need to know the full extent of my gratitude for your support, click here).
New Year Reset
A new year is pretty awesome because it is a chance to hit “reset“. Of course it is not a clean slate (wouldn’t it be nice if it was?), but it is an opportunity to plan for a new outcome. We can set new goals or improve on the areas of our lives that need improvement. I’m sure that we all have some nuts and bolts that could use tightening up.
Everyone is about to start talking about losing weight, and gyms everywhere are about to launch massive advertising campaigns to attract thousands of people who are not going to stick with it (pardon my frankness, but some of you know who you are, and know that it’s true). I understand because I’ve been there. It’s as easy to to become motivated to work out as it is to become unmotivated.
Don’t Jive Yourself
Committing to a workout and diet plan really is hard work — especially in the beginning. You have to condition yourself to stick to a schedule, stay away from certain foods that you might enjoy, and be consistent with things that you are not used to. Setting goals and reaching them is encouraging, but it’s not alway enough motivation to see us through the process. That is usually the part where we start making excuses: pain, family, job, too tired — you know, the usual BS. Instead of lying to others, as well as ourselves, why not be honest and admit the truth: “I wasn’t as serious about it as I wanted to be, so I quit.” I’m sure that admitting that is very liberating.
Unfortunately, many people will start the year off working on their goals and dreams with the same vigor as those who failed at committing to lose weight, and in a few months (or weeks), they’ll begin to lose momentum and settle for the life that they have. There’s nothing wrong with being content with your current life, if you’re happy. Setting new goals is not always indicative of unhappiness. Sometimes, goals are set to achieve self-fulfillment. When we are no longer ambitious, we are reneging on the fulfillment that we desire, or need.
Set Your Goals And Stick To Them
Setting goals and staying on task can be extremely difficult to do — I know this from experience, as I’ve been on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve been 170lbs (at 5’3), desperately needing to lose 40lbs. I’d start workout regimens and lifestyle changes, and then totally blow them off. In the end, vanity gave me the push that I needed to lose weight and adopt new and better habits. I’ve also set personal goals to acquire material things and personal achievements, only to run out of gas halfway to the finish line. It’s never taken long for me to regret giving up on myself. That regret would make me apprehensive about trying again, because I knew that I couldn’t bear more self disappointment. Nonetheless, I always got up and tried again.
I started planning for a better 2019 in 2018, but as life would have it, towards the end of the year, I was hit with obstacle after obstacle. This time, what I had working in my favor, was that 2018 was the best year that I’ve had in several years, so I’m optimistic about the upcoming new year. I know where I want to be, what I want to do, and most importantly, I know what I have to do to accomplish those things.
COME ON OBSTACLES! THE GLOVES ARE OFF! BRING IT!
As we all prepare to begin a new revolution, we must stay on course. If there are things that you want to accomplish this year, and you are serious about accomplishing them, take the gloves off and bare-knuckle box to achieve the things that you want. Be steadfast and vigilant.
Make a list — today — of all of the steps involved with making your goals a reality, and cross off each step as you complete them (a friend suggested this to me a couple years ago. It really does help!). This will show your progress in real time and encourage you to keep going.
Two thousand nineteen is the year of possibilities. Everything that you want is possible, if you are willing to put in the work. You got this! And the universe has got you!