A new year has often been a time to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the year ahead.
Traditionally, people would set resolutions. These firm decisions to do something i.e., exercise or not do something i.e., quit smoking were usually broken promises to ourselves in quick time. Each time this happened, we would have feelings of lower self-esteem or confidence in our ability to follow through the next time.
So, in present times, it has now become more popular for people to set goals. These goals give us something to work towards, put our efforts to and aim for a desired result within the year. Goal setting involves planning and preparing to maximize our chances for achieving our desired outcome. We feel proud of ourselves and our success. We want to celebrate. But we also want to continue moving forward with confidence that we can accomplish more.
Here are some tips to help you say goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021!
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As we look back on 2020 and remember all the major events of the year, essential oils can help us detox. They can help the body, mind, and spirit. Whether you were impacted by the Australian bushfires or the US elections, we have all been impacted by Covid-19. Let us take some time to be ready, to relax, to reset. We deserve it!
If your reflections leave you needing some support spiritually, think about Frankincense. It will increase your awareness, promote meditation, improve attitude, and uplift spirits. If you need some emotional support, try Release. This essential oil blend has a relaxing aroma that facilitates the ability to let go of anger and frustration. It promotes harmony and balance. And of course, Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular. Lavender is great for relaxing routines; this oil can infuse and enhance many areas of your life.
To support your goal setting, think about creating an aroma that will stay with you throughout the year and that you can connect with. For example, if you want to focus on a physical goal like exercise, maybe create a roller using peppermint. This essential oil helps to support healthy digestion and performance during exercise. If you have a social goal, consider Joy. This essential oil invites togetherness and inspires a romantic atmosphere. Or there is always Valor! This one is great for all goal setting. Greet each morning with a positive attitude or refocus at the end of a challenging day.
Now that you have said goodbye to 2020 through your reflections, and you have prepared an aroma for your 2021 goal setting, let us move on to our vision.
When setting your goals for 2021, remember to apply the SMART acronym. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. This theory will get you thinking about potential small action steps you can take a long the way and how to overcome any barriers to your success. Make sure to think about how you want to reward yourself and celebrate these small successes along your journey.
Writing Down Your Goals
There are many ways to capture your goals. You can keep them in your computer or smart phone, use a mind map or vision board, make a list in your journal or planner, etc. but it is important to put them in writing. From my background in psychology and through coaching which uses positive psychology and neuroscience, writing them down creates a reminder. It creates an importance and accountability. It is also easier to review them and see your progress.
Do you want to earn 10x more than others? If so, these statistics may be even more motivation!
A 1979 Harvard survey of a class of MBA students asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?” revealed the following:
- 3% in the class had written goals and plans
- 13% had unwritten goals
- 84% had no goals at all.
Ten years later the 3% of individuals with written goals had a higher net worth than the other 97% combined! To be exact:
- The 13% with unwritten goals earned 2X as much as the 84% with no goals.
- The 3% with written goals and plans earned 10X as much as all the others put together.
Bottom line, clear written goals = success!
While goal setting, also consider applying a holistic approach. This would have you considering all 8 dimensions of your wellness. The 8 dimensions include financial, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical, social, occupational, and environmental. You may be doing well in some areas and have others where you want to focus. It is likely that the areas where you want to focus will take more time and effort, so still having goals in all areas will ensure the other dimensions where you have achieved a desired state are not lost.
I know I gave you a lot to think about. Reflecting and letting go of 2020, planning and preparing for 2021, making sure your goals are SMART, the importance of writing your goals down, having a holistic approach to your goals and essential oils that will help with the whole process.
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