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How to Set Goals and Feel Empowered in the New Year: 7 Zany&Shy Tips

A new year brings new beginnings, making it the perfect time to set goals that will help you prepare for the months ahead. At Zany&Shy, our goal this year is to create a strong community where we can all be ourselves. We’re ready to take action, feel empowered, and succeed, and we want to inspire you to do the same.

We know that sticking to a goal can be difficult, but learning how to set goals is integral to a positive experience. We’ve come up with 7 tips for goal setting that will inspire you to stay on track and achieve the future you dream of and deserve.

1. Write Your Ideas Down (How to Set Goals: Step 1)

Step one of setting goals is writing them down. Think of this as an internal brainstorming session and a chance for you to set your goals in stone. You’ll also have notes to refer to if you need a reminder of your goals throughout the year. Secondly, create a positive environment to set your goals to make it an enjoyable experience. You could light a candle, put on a facemask, or write them down while you’re taking a walk in nature. Lastly, treat yourself to a beautiful journal. It’s lovely to look back at the goals you’ve set yourself and see how far you’ve come, which also helps you know where you’re going next! As you write your goals, think about drawing and using color to make them stand out more clearly in your mind.

2. Choose Goals That Inspire You

To stay on track with your goals, think about why each goal is important to you. By attaching meaning to your objectives, you’ll be far more likely to achieve them. For example, you might plan to shop more sustainably because it’s important to protect the earth for future generations. Additionally, think about how achieving that goal will make you feel and remind yourself of that feeling every day.

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3. Create a Plan for Achieving the Goal

Planning is essential for anyone learning how to set goals for the coming year. To stay motivated and follow-through, draw yourself an empowering roadmap to success. Start by writing down each stage of achieving your goal and the changes you’ll need to make.

You’ll also need to consider how realistic your goal is. For example, you might be inspired to launch your own business or run an ultra marathon. However, if you have no business plan or have never run a day in your life, this is excessive pressure to put on yourself. Instead, set goals with a realistic time frame that you know you can reach. This saves disappointment if you don’t manage to achieve the goal in that time.

Most importantly of all, don’t worry if you fail. Failure is such an important part of success and growth. It might just be that the goal wasn’t realistic in the time frame you allowed or that something comes up in the year that you didn’t expect. Always be kind to yourself; this is an essential part of self-care.

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4. Take Steps to Feel Empowered

Empowerment is the process of authorization, allowing yourself the freedom you need to take action. That’s why empowered individuals take charge of their own lives and are more likely to stay motivated and accomplish their goals. Feeling empowered as you learn how to set goals supports you to move forward.

Here are a few things you can do to empower yourself and set goals:

Self-Care

Do whatever you need to do to look after yourself and discover the inspiration you need. It might be taking a day of rest, lighting a candle, having a facial, or reading a book in the sunshine.

Exercise

Exercising gets your endorphins pumping and can set you up for a productive, inspired day. Yoga is a particularly mindful practice that you can use to look within yourself and find empowerment.

Find a Passion Project

Choose to do things you LOVE. Getting that buzz from doing an activity you love can make you feel empowered, whether it’s tracing your family tree or learning a language.

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Cut Negativity From Your Life

The number one rule of empowerment is to stop talking negatively to yourself. Doing so will only create feelings of self-doubt and sadness. Leave notes for yourself around the house that remind you of how beautiful you are, and surround yourself with positive people. You could also think about taking a break from social media or unfollowing accounts that no longer serve you.

5. Tell Someone About Your Goals

Telling someone about your dreams is crucial for learning how to set goals. Simply saying them aloud can give you the confidence you need to take action. Plus, you can even ask the individual to hold you accountable by regularly checking in on you throughout the year.

They might even want to achieve the goal with you. For example, if you want to learn how to snowboard, find a friend who also wants to learn this new skill. After all, it’s much easier to say ‘no’ to yourself than it is to someone else, which is why telling someone about your goals and having an ‘accountability buddy’ is a great way to stay on track.

6. Visualize Your Future (How to Set Goals Top Tip!)

By using powerful tools like mindfulness and manifestation, you can visualize and create a future where you achieve your goals and dreams. Take a moment for yourself each day to meditate and manifest your destiny. To do so, visualize your future exactly as you want it to look, right down to the most intricate details. This could be the house you’ll be living in (even the color of the door) or your dream job (visualize every specification that position will have). Many people have succeeded in achieving their goals by manifesting their dream future in this way.

7. Focus on Habits and Routine

Many of us struggle with how to set goals and succeed at them, especially at the beginning of the year. We often start with big ideas that we fail to turn into action. Remember, this process is normal; it can be hard to stay on track and motivated throughout the year. Because of this, it can be easier to focus on a routine instead, making your days more structured and enforcing healthy habits.

Start small; if your goal is to become a runner, spend the first few mornings putting your workout clothes on. Tell yourself, ‘I don’t have to run’, but you’ll be surprised how often this act will turn into action. Once you’ve done this over time, the habit will become something meaningful that you choose to build your life around.

Learning how to set goals can support you to create a life where you consciously choose abundance, joy, and a better world - something we always advocate at Zany&Shy. We create designs that empower women to find beauty within themselves, inspiring them to live mindfully and find grace in the small moments. By using this feeling to make our positive goals a reality, we can work together to manifest a great future for women worldwide.

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