New Year No Goals

Why I’m Not Setting Goals for 2018

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First and foremost, I have a confession to make.  I’m a lover of lists.  and goals.  and smashing and hitting those goals out of the park.  What a rush I get from being the best, or finishing something ahead of time…or being recognized for their accomplishments….who doesn’t, right??  But this year….(wait for it….) I’m not setting any goals for 2018.  None.  Nada. Zippity Do Da.

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Let me give you a little history about me….Ever since I can remember, my entire life, I’ve always been involved in some sort of competition.  Whether it be sports, school or friends – it’s been non-stopped comparison and competing….and I’ve enjoyed it actually.  I like the rush of competing…. With others, with myself..even just typing it gets me amped up.  I truly love to compete.  BUT, after 25 plus years of striving to always be the best, be on top…I just need a break.  Not in a lazy, not getting off the couch, kind of break.  But more like a “I’m perfect the way I am kinda way.”  Competition feeds off goals, and while I do think that competition can be healthy, I just need a detox from it for a bit.  Make sense?  Maybe…maybe not – but to me?  It’s crystal clear.

Are there goals I WANT to set for the year?  OF COURSE.  I want to better myself, my time with family, my blog, me me me…see the trend there?  My goals causes me to zone in on just that – me.  But, that isn’t my life anymore and I’m not my only responsibility.  I have 2 beautiful growing girls that look up to me that NEED me.  They aren’t a goal on my to-do list.  They are on my forever list.  My #1 in life, love and happiness.

So, I’m done with the goal-setting.  The must-haves, the to-do’s of the day.  Do things still need to be done?  Of course.  and they will get done.   But on my time…when I can work things in.  This will not deter my strive for greatness because I feel like I’m already pretty great (go me!)-and I know that I’m surrounded every day by the best of the best…my family.

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So, this year will be a little different for me….This isn’t the year of goal-setting and making new goals for the new year.  This year, it’s the year of catching up on all things that I’ve missed, overlooked, un-prioritized in the past.  Each day, a new day.  A blank slate.  A non-to do list kinda day.  I’m looking forward to waking up, and going from there.  I’m looking forward to smiling more, slowing down more, laughing more, loving more and living life more.  I’ve paid my dues in the competitive world, I’m taking a break for a while.  I hope each of you are able to slow down and enjoy the beautiful chaos of life as well.  <3

When is the last time you truly lived your life and embraced each day?

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47 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Setting Goals for 2018

  1. Jordan says:

    That is ah-some for you, I never set goals, had New Years plan or any of that I just went with the wind. So this year I’ll be doing the oppossite of you. Being the best you is what it’s all about.

  2. Jennifer Greenberg says:

    I’m the same way! Sorta.. I’ve not set any goals the past couple years and haven’t really seen much personal growth. But that was good for that season of my life. I’m ready to be a little more invested in 2018!

  3. Charlotte says:

    Uhm, can I just tell you how much I love this? And THIS in particular:

    “Each day, a new day. A blank slate. A non-to do list kinda day. I’m looking forward to waking up, and going from there.”

    Yes. I totally get it. I have been considering the same, as opposed to pigeon holing myself and then feeling unaccomplished when I’m not “smashing my goals” (like you said, because HELLO TYPE A PERSONALITIES UNITE!). Thank you for sharing <3
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  4. Taylor says:

    I have never been a goal setter but I had always wanted to be. I just can’t seem to do it for some reason. I just live life day by day and go with the flow <3

  5. Ithfifi says:

    Good on you! I am just like you with my lists, I write a check list for the next day before I go to bed although this year I’m setting no real ultimate goals. I’ve gone head strong and determined into the new year previously and I find now I actually set myself up and put way too many expectations on my head. Whil;e I’ll keep planned and organised I can’t schedule a year. I’ll strive and try hard to achieve without stressing myself out. You are a very wise and smart young lady!
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  6. Sara Flanagan | says:

    I love this! Every day is a blank slate and an opportunity for new things. I find New Years Resolutions put a lot of pressure on ourselves and are typically too grandiose and set us up for failure, so I don’t make them. Things change every day and goals can be set whenever we want to. Otherwise, just go with the flow, follow your bliss and be happy. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Christie Brown says:

    This is great! Starting each day fresh and ticking something off of a list of neglected to-do’s is a great way to achieve greatness this year! I’ve always been good at setting small, monthly goals, but a “new year’s resolution” has never really worked out for me. Probably because it’s usually something totally unrealistic haha. I think it’s better to work towards small, achievable goals that to set yourself up for failure with one big, hard-to-reach goal anyways. All the best for the new year! 🙂 xx
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  8. Joanna says:

    I don’t think I have ever set up goals or resolutions for the New Year. I usually just keep up with my “travel more” goal I guess and set up a far away destination for each year. I know that some people take a lot of time to write lists and set goals but… I simply don’t.

  9. maria says:

    you really are onto something here! I feel like even my down time and the things I do to relax nowadays are just another chore ( I know it sounds sad…) I think I should do the same… no goals for 2018… just catch up on all things I missed because I was to busy.

  10. Sara says:

    I relate to this a lot. I stopped making “real” New Years Resolutions like “lose weight” and “get out of debt” because I had no plan and would give up and feel like a failure. So, now I avoid that and if I want to do something, I make a plan and don’t worry about the time of the year. Great post!

  11. katie says:

    I don’t really make goals at the start of a new year either. I feel like things change so much and as they change, so do my goals. I focus on the day to day and that seems to work for me right now.

  12. mjchristine says:

    what a great life realization this is! Life is too short, we should make every moment worth it, to love and cherish each and every single one we love! Congrats for a new beginning!

  13. Claire says:

    I like how you said you are catching up with things, and that makes sense because too many goals might be overwhelming sometimes.

  14. Nicole Flint says:

    Good for you! Sometimes it’s best to just go with the flow. I’m just like you. I like to write lists, have goals and a plan! It’s great to change it up a bit.

  15. Preet says:

    That is amazing, I never set goals, I don’t believe in setting goals or resolutions for every new milestone but I always try to give my best for all the important things and priorities.

  16. Jenny says:

    I love this! A girl after my own heart. I think we all need to slow down and take things as it comes. I always feel like resolutions are setting myself up to fail

  17. Tiffany Yong says:

    I guess it really depends on where are you at the stages of life. For a guy or girl who is looking at setting up their family or saving for their future, not setting goals wouldn’t be good for them. I totally agree with how we should remember to take some time out to rest and live the day though!

  18. Yaya says:

    It’s refreshing to see a more lax attitude to it. There’s always so much competing that we sometimes need to take it easy. I have a lot of goals that need reaching, but I will be trying to be a bit more relaxed about things next year.

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