Setting New Goals In The New Year

When you think of the New Year, do you think of new beginnings?  New goals, new chances, a new lease on life?  What do you plan to do with your next year?

Global Goals

We all work together - consciously or subconsciously
We all work together - consciously or subconsciously

Global Goals

Consider the year a clean slate.  This is an opportunity for fresh outlooks, changes of attitude and behaviours.  There are so many reports these days of people mistreating other humans, animals, the biosphere, the planet.   And let's not forget the economy.  With such dismal news, is it possible to muster up some cheer and optimism to carry us all through until next year?  Certainly.

Each of us has our own way of dealing with such concepts.  There is no one right way of achieving such an ideal, but is is attainable.  Baby steps are a necessary beginning, especially in light of how low the human spirit seems to have sunk.

It starts with the small things, such as making a concerted effort to be more thoughtful of the things experts say we have taken for granted.  Empathy and compassion for others costs nothing and is an excellent example to set for the younger generation.  Starting to turn things around simple as that.

Campaigning for human rights, helping stray animals, being extemely cautious of your contribution to global assaultre all things which most of us can do with little trouble.  Again, the children see and learn by example.

Okay, so how does this help you personally?  Try it and see.  Your self-respect will grow.  You will feel better about the if you think that people are doing all they can to make it a better place.  When you feel good about yourself and the world around you, you feel happier.  Of course, this won't eliminate your debts, marriage problems, etc.  Those are a different set of goals.

Take Your Goals a Step at a Time

Ed. Note:  This article is a reprint from the February 1997 edition of the Old South Advocate
Ed. Note: This article is a reprint from the February 1997 edition of the Old South Advocate

Personal Goals

For any goal, the first step is to identify the target you are aiming for.  If, for example, you want to get a promotion at work, you first must figure out what position you are after.  With that firmly planted in your mind, determine what steps are necessary to get where you want to go.  Be sure that they are small, incremental measures which are obtainable.  If the steps are too large and vague, you may be setting yourself up to fail.

Using the job scenerio, perhaps you need to first take a course or some special training to qualify you for the position.  Next, you might want to talk to your supervisor about your ambitions, let him or her know the special things you have been doing towards that end and ask for help and advice.  After that, you could ask for a move within the company that lets you work more closely to your chosen position.  And so on.  You get the picture.

The same method of slow and steady moves is applicable to any life goal including problem solving, where the target is a solution.

From time to time, it is a good idea to review your plan, which, by the way, you should have down on paper somewhere.  There may be modifications or additions that need to be made, either from a change in your own thinking or from an unexpected turn of events.  Referring to your plan will also help you keep focused on your goal, especially if you feel like you are not getting anywhere.  A quick glimpse of your guide will reassure you that you are still on track.

There usually is no quick and easy way to achieve a desired goal.  It takes work, dedication and conscious effort.  Once you make a commitment to reach your target, you will be successful.

Best of luck in the New Year!

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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Shirley, yes it is for me, I can't shake it off, celebrating another new year makes me feel it is a new beginning. I know I will be doing that - taking time to reflect on personal goals and global ones too :) And thanks for the link!


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dayzeebee 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Shirley you sure are doing a lot of "stunt moves" here being able to write several hubs in a matter of days or hours even. I know there are some reprints but still they come fast and are relevant ones too. Your 100 hubscore make you the most versatile angel of Charlie. LOL. We are still in synch though as we are also preparing our new year articles for the site. Thank you for the link and may the new year open new paths like one called - healing gift exploration. Hint. Wink:)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ah, two more of Charlie's Angels have arrived!

Hi Michelle, thx so much for coming!  Yes, New Year to me feels like everything is possible and I get a fresh start.  Thank goodness we have that because it feels like a relief and the stress seems a little easier to let go of.  And you're welcome for the link.

Daisy, a good Angel just has to be quick and flexible sometimes.  :)  The last couple of days, they have all been reprints.  I worried about them being outdated, but as I was reading this for the first time in years, I decided that may still be of help to some people.  You're winking at me....I can only think of one person that might apply to and I think she's sitting up there over your head. Wait! Are you healing now, too. Wait again! You were doing that, at least to some degree before.

Ladies - there is a third link up there....it's Dottie's. All part of my "Help get Daisy and Michelle and Dottie to Canada" program. 


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Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

Hi Angels up above...

Simplicity, baby steps, slow and steady, no quick and easy way are all words I like when setting goals. hmmm...I wonder what goals I'll be setting this New Year.......I'll have to slooooowly think about that. Hey, what's the rush!

Thx too Shirley for the link ;)


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Dottie! Personally, I find not making any resolutions is the easiest way to keep them. Also, I am not a patient person, don't like slow, so I'm not crazy about that part. How's that for pushing my own ideas?

Hon, there is no rush at all! G-o a-s s-l-o-w-l-y a-s y-o-u w-a-n-t.

You're welcome for the link, hope they help you all.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I'm laughing because all the Charlie's Angels are here. LOL Yes Shirley, I'm noted for being very observant...I've noticed that you have placed our links to our hubs here-- :) That's what I did too in my "Why I love Christmas" hub Hahaha


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I love that you're laughing, Michelle! I am going to read your hub!


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

I hate it when someone gets me thinking. I've been avoiding the 2009 goals, but it looks like I can't do it much longer. Thanks a lot, Shirley!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sorry, Joe! :) Just part of my evil plan to take over the world. Mind control.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Shirley, you are an absolute joy, and this hub is great. I never make resolutions for the new year, but this year I made a couple early ones that I want to make happen. Your idea of having this on paper is excellent. You've also given good advice about flexibility. Things don't always go according to a plan, so it's wonderful to be aware beforehand that you may need to shift to plan B...or C...or D. ;)

Hey, every evil genius with goals of world domination needs a posse, let me know when you decide to round them up because I want in. ;)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Aw, Pam, you sweetheart!

Actually, I don't make resolutions either - now - as I tend to make them unattainable. I wrote this column in 1997 for a newspaper. Back then, I was still taking days to plot out different goals that were either unrealistic or that I had way too vague an idea about. I've changed a great deal since I originally published this.

This year, I have some plans for the year and I feel that 2009 is going to be great! I'm working on changing my thinking and that has me much more optimistic and has given me some clarity. I'm excited! I did write down the areas of my life that I want to work on and was very specific as to what part of each area that I wanted to change/improve. I'll let you know how it works. Maybe do a hub next year on it.

Re world domination - I'm always looking for good posse members! You're first on the list. I'll let you know when we're ready to make our move. :) Taking over the world should be fun!! Bring a lunch, we'll make a day of it.

Thx for coming by and hanging out for awhile.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Ah Shirley, I'm with you on resolutions to change thinking patterns. That's exactly what I'm doing and it's helping me to see that this new year is bound to be the best year yet. Please do keep me posted about how well yours works for you.

I have yet to put anything on paper. I'm far too paranoid to do that. lol! What if someone snoops out my goals? What if someone chooses to question my goals? Until I find a good hiding place, I'll have to keep it sealed in my mind. ;)

Thanks for letting me in on the Posse! What fun we'll have! :D There's nothing more fulfilling than a top secret posse meeting and a packed lunch. I may even bake us some cookies. ;)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pam, I've read and heard that you shouldn't share those things with anyone unless you feel safe enough with a supportive someone of like mind to do so. Sooo, as learning hieroglyphics is tough and time consuming, I think your idea about keeping them in your head is best. Good luck with it all! This is exciting - we'll have to compare notes this time next year.

What kind of cookies? Yum, home baked posse goodies!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

This is good advice, Shirley. I start every year with a fresh perspective, but by August, most of my goals have fallen by the wayside, and I adopt the philosophy that any day above ground, is a good day.

Even as I lick the wounds inflicted by 2008, I shall try to embrace the possibilities that the next 12 months hold. I guess my first goal should be to remain above ground!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Somebody whisphered to me that it will be a good year for me! So I can't wait for the days to roll over to the next and to the next... :D


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, BT. You are not alone in the way that your resolutions seem to lose steam. I think you do well to last till August....some years mine have dissolved by February.

Having your above ground goal out of the way first will open things up for other resolutions that you can carry until August. It'll shake things up a bit and give you something different, at least.

Good luck!


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Shirley, any kind you like. My specialty though is chocolate chip. ;) It's a secret recipe that produces really thick and chewy cookies unlike the normal ones that fall flat.

B.T., Shirley's right, if you can hold out till August with your resolutions, then you're doing better than most of us. I'm really sorry that '08 was a difficult year for you. I would have never guessed it from your writing. Here's to above ground living all around! :)

Cris, I'm sure this will be a good one for you. You're off to a great start. :) As long as the days don't roll on you as they roll over and over, then it's all good. ;)


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cris - It will be a good year for you! Lucky hubber!

Pam - I'm doing that Homer Simpson gurgley noise over the chocolate chip cookies! I can't wait. May have to push up the date for our world domination excursion just so I can taste one of those! Umm, any chance that you're making a double batch?


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Shirley, I think my first and most important resolution will be to remain active and engaged at hubpages! You guys are the greatest!

Pam, if my writing approaches good, it's probably because I had a lousy year. Once I start writing, the rest of the world ceases to exist. I kind of live in the world that I'm writing into existence. It's always better to laugh, than to cry; and once I start laughing, I like to take as many people with me as possible!


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Lgali 7 years ago

This is good advice, Shirley


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

ROFL Shirley! :D Sure, I'd be happy to double batch it. ;) Oh, and I meant to say before that it would be really great to exchange notes at the end of the year. Meanwhile, I'll be keeping everything crossed (fingers, eyes, legs...lol) hoping that both of us can achieve our goals for this year.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Shirley & Pam

When they said luck be a lady, I never thought there'd be two! How lucky can one get! :D


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks, BT and back at ya! We'll try to make it so you never want to leave.

Thank-you, Lgali. Hope it helps.

Pam - Yay! to the double batching! Oh, and don't forget to bring some for yourself. :) Keeping your legs crossed will help with the pee probs that have been discussed on HP as of late. That'll cut down on breaks! Oh, again, we WILL achieve our goals!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, Cris! Sweeter and sweeter! Thx, Darlin'.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

B.T. becoming part of the world you're writing about is a huge part of why your writing is so awesome and engaging. So please keep doing it! :) I'm gonna join your laughing binge ever chance I get.

Awwwww from me too Cris! :) Thank you.

ROFL Shirley! You're right about the crossed legs! Except I'll probably make it even easier and just keep some Depends (old people diapers) near and handy. :D


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

Nice hub, Shirley. I'll be working on my list first thing in the morning. I promise to never forget those who help me make my first million by next December.

Hapy New Year, everybody!


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pam - have you ever seen that adult diaper commercial that shows a woman starting to slip them on like they're the sexiest underwear she's ever owned? Judging by the seductive point of her toes and the shape of her legs, she's about 15, but that's besides the point. I howl every time I see it. I'm sorry, they can't convince me that those things are sexy. I dunno, maybe some people just look GOOD in them.

Thanks, Joe. I'm glad you're gonna remember all the little people that helped you make it to the top! We'll be able to say that we knew you when. Thanks so much for coming by, and Happy New Year to you, too!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin

Shirley, I'm finding it harder to create resolutions each year. I'm taking tips from others in which I'm making life changes. I'm looking at realistic actions and finding ways to accomplish them. I feel so much better doing that this year.


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Bruce Elkin 7 years ago from Victoria, BC Canada

Hi Shirley. Thanks for the hub. I luv that you started with global goals. Those are the big hairy audacious goals that can make personal goals more relevant, and less self-centred. Good stuff! Cheers!

A fellow Canuck (west coast).


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Shirley Anderson 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RGraf, I kid around saying things like, "My resolution is to not make resolutions." However, I did narrow my focus to which aspects of my life that I intend to make changes to this year. The difference is, I'm going to try approaching them more intuitively this time, rather than automatically trying the same old actions.

I like what you said about keeping your actions realistic. I really do believe that was my biggest downfall with resolutions. Thx for coming by and good luck with yours!

Yes, Bruce, I think the global goals make us feel good. It brings a lot of good people together, as well.

West coast? I hear you guys have been getting a lot of snow this year. That's not typical for you folks, is it?

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