Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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I get really ramped up this time of year, I love the feeling of closing out one chapter and starting a new one. Here are some things I’m doing to finish the year strong.
I’ve been spending a shit ton of time debriefing this last year. I think journaling about the past year is a great way to get ready to close it out and start something new. I have a whole workbook you can get for free below to reflect back on this last year and sort out what really served you and what didn’t. There are so many lessons that can be learned by reflecting back. I’ve found that when I try to ignore issues or I don’t spend time debriefing and reflecting back that the same issues will reappear until I learn the lesson. Save yourself a lot of grief and learn the lessons ASAP to get on with being the bad ass you’re meant to be. I have a free end of the year review workbook you can get below.
Reflect back on your goals from the last year and wrap up anything that is partially finished. Make a plan for what you want to accomplish before 2018. Giving yourself a hard short deadline can be really motivating. Kick your ass in gear so you can accomplish whatever it was that you were wanting to accomplish this year. This is a great time of the year to go hard on your goals and see how much you can get done before the end of the year.
Smash Limiting Beliefs
The only way to get the life you want is to dream freaking big. Figure out what beliefs you’re holding onto that are limiting you (I’m not organized to work for myself, if I try something new it will fail because I have failed hard in the past, etc). Once you’ve identified the limiting beliefs that are holding you back you can be aware of how they are influencing your goal setting. You only get one life so you should dream as big as you freaking want. Figure out what you need to do to tell any voice in your head that says you can’t or you’re not good enough to kick rocks.
Set Goals That Make You Pumped
Once you’ve shut out your limiting beliefs and figured out what your ultimate dream is you can start breaking it down into smaller pieces. Your goals should be moving you towards something that makes you excited AF. If you don’t feel lit up and ready to kill it you need to ask yourself why you want to accomplish the goal. Sometimes we set goals that would make our spouse or family happy but it’s not really true to what we want to do. Set your goals based on what your deepest desires are for your life. When you’re done writing them you should feel like “fuck yes” and you should be pumped to get started. If you don’t feel like that go back to the drawing board and give it another shot. Check out my post on journal prompts to help you create kick-ass resolutions.
Go Big or Go Home
Every “how to set goals” article you will ever read will tell you how important it is to set realistic goals. I like to take a more swing for the fences approach. Try and set goals that will totally transform your life. So many people waste time on New Years Resolutions that only change your life in a small way and while making a lot of small changes can have a big impact it can also suck out all your energy. If you’re doing a bunch of small resolutions that don’t have much impact on your life it’s going to leave you feeling drained.
Once you’ve got your goals for the next year start preparing to slay them. Get any equipment that you need to be successful and create a schedule that you can implement. Get a head start and even get started ASAP. One of my goals for the next year is to create more video content. I spent the last few weeks researching what camera to buy and learning how to use it. Go ahead and give yourself a jump start on whatever it is that you’re wanting to do next year.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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