Have You Set The Right New Years Resolutions?

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Are Your Goals For This Year Aligned With Your Values?

BY JULIET REINER

The start of a new calendar year is often a time to commit to new goals and resolutions, but often our resolutions are short-lived. Why? Because they’re not in line with our values. So when it comes to goals and resolutions, working out what’s important to you and what you want your life to stand for is an important first step.

Make sure you don’t get to the end of 2018 having gotten side tracked yet again from your goals. Think about your values in the domains below and use these to guide your resolutions.

Domain #1: Work / Education

What do you value in your work? What would make it more meaningful? What type of worker do you want to be? What personal qualities do you want to bring to your work? What sort of skills do you want to develop?

Domain #2: Relationships

Includes relationships with your partner, children, parents, relatives, friends, co-workers and other social contacts. Think about what sort of relationships you’d like to build? How you want to be in these relationships? What personal qualities you’d like to bring to your relationships? What personal qualities do you want to develop?

Domain #3: Personal Growth/Health

What do you value in your ongoing development as a person and your physical well-being. Includes things like creativity, exercise, nutrition, sleep, addressing health factors, meditation, expressions of spiritualty, getting into nature, and developing life skills. How do you want to look after your health and development in 2018?

Domain #4: Leisure

Refers to your hobbies and other activities for play, recreation, rest and creativity. What sort of activities do you enjoy / would you like to do? How do you have fun? How do you relax and unwind? Do you want to make more time for these activities in 2018?

Your goals for 2018 will set the tone for your year ahead. Go beyond the standard list and think about what you really want. You’ll have a better year for it.

Juliet is a warm and compassionate registered psychologist with more than 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. She has a special interest in working with adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, self-harm, school refusal, self-esteem issues, family breakdown, behavioural difficulties, HSC and school-stress. Her areas of expertise with children include developmental and behavioural difficulties, emotion regulation, parenting and school issues, family breakup, social skill development and friendship issues.


 

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