Before the start of this year, I don’t think I’ve ever given new years resolution a chance. I’m not so sure why, I guess for me If I don’t accomplish certain goals set on strict deadlines I feel like I failed, which is obviously not motivating. I understand that setting a timeline to accomplish goals throughout the year works for a lot of people, but for me I feel like writing down an exact timeline of when I am going to accomplish things during the year, can get in the way of other great and unexpected things to happen. I become so focused on what I need to do, and I can’t focus well on other things. I don’t know, it’s just an opinion. What’s true is true however, I’ve never done one of these, and I not sure I want to start now.
Recently, my friends were talking about making a list of new year goals, which caught my attention because of their chosen word. Instead of saying “resolution” this word that has been as they say in Mexico, quemado, or used so much to the point where it has little to no value or as much impact, they used the word “goal.” I like the idea that the word “goal” paints; it doesn’t put pressure and strain on you to get things done on a time line, but rather it gives you a point to start working naturally to achieve a goal without hurried deadlines that can possibly weaken the experience of achieving a goal rather than reinvigorate you. Writing out a list of goals for the year may allow for wiggle room in my opinion to enjoy the ride and enjoy the year as it comes, as you become more open to surprises and opportunities that often cannot be planned in advance. This isn’t to say that I don’t believe in structure or planning, on the contrary I base my life on lists and planning for things in the near future, but as I’ve learned especially now with the year of travel I’ve just had, things don’t always go as planned. I think that my travels have taught me amongst other things just that; things don’t always go as planned, but it’s still a good idea to have a plan to begin with, especially to manage valuable time.
So back to goals. I think that this year, partially because my friends were suggesting their goals and suggestions for my 2017 and because I like trying new things, I’ve decided to compile a small list of goals I’d like to achieve this year:
- Travel more (internationally and nationally)
- Exercise my creativity skill
- Write more
- Learn how to manage my blog as best I can
- Take care of mind and body
Again, these aren’t meant to be resolutions, and I hope I didn’t offend anyone by expressing my point of view on them. Resolutions simply don’t inspire me to shape my new year, but rather goals and suggestions that I’d like to accomplish do by the end of this year. I think they allow that freedom to have a base to go off of but not to follow strictly, that it isn’t too easy to lose sight from enjoying the achieved goal to it’s fullest. Everyone is different in the end, so, moral of the story: Accomplish what you want, how you want, when you want. The important thing is to keep in check what you’d like to accomplish, and working on it whether it comes to fruition now or in 2018…
Let me know what you guys think! This post wasn’t directly related to travel, but I thought it was an important topic to discuss, also to share that growing my blog is a definite goal for me even though things have been slow the last couple of months.
Do you create new year resolutions or goals? Or do you have a distinct system for achieving goals this year(s)? What seems to work for you? Again, happy new years everyone. I hope 2017 has been off to a great start for you all. I can’t wait to be able to communicate with more of you, other like minded travelers, as well as become more involved with this blog that’s been in the works for a few years now, but just now I finally gathered up the courage to bring it to life. Get ready for more travel. Get ready for Travel Notes and Things.