Setting The Best Goals For The New Year

We all have goals in life. We have the wildest dreams in life that we wish would come true. But can all these be attained with only a snap of your finger? Of course not! We are not born magicians or fairies.

We need to walk a certain pathway to reach that goal, and most importantly, the path we are taking should be right. This is where goal setting comes into the picture. Systematic goal setting is essential so that the risk of going the wrong directions would be lesser, and that your chances of attaining that goal are high.

Here are the key essentials of setting your goal, regardless of what your goal in life is:

v Create a positive avowal of your goal. You should tell yourself, ‘Make it happen and do it well’ rather than ‘Do not make any silly mistake’. This is something you should remind yourself every single time.

v Be specific. Set the year, date and time that you want to attain the goal. In this way, you can keep track of whether you have achieved the goal earlier, on time, or later.

v Lay down priorities. To achieve an ultimate goal, we would have to achieve several small goals first right? So prioritize the more important goals. This can help you avoid too much pressure in you due to the overwhelming number of goals.

v Write down your goals. Writing them down makes your goal setting more organized and easier for your tracking purposes.

v Keep the small goals attainable. You may not progress if your goals are too big. Be realistic. After all, you need these achievable short-term goals to achieve that long-term goal.

v Set performance goals rather than the ending goals. If you set your mind to achieve a performance level, you would not feel disconsolate by the ups and downs that you would have to endure when working your way up.

This is because you have already done your part in working towards the goal. Sometimes you have to bear in mind the external factors that are beyond our control like the economical crisis, bad weather or injuries.

Every flow has its ebbs, so does achieving a goal. But as long as you keep yourself spirited and execute something with a positive mind, you will soar to the sky. So good luck in achieving your hopes and dreams.

"Where there’s a will, there’s a way."

Effective goal setting is actually one of the aspects of life we at NAFASG would wish to achieve. We believe strongly in the importance of setting goals realistically and being able to achieve them within the favorable time frame. It is likewise for our resolutions of 2008!

We would like to take this opportunity to share with all of you our New Year resolutions together as a team. After all, the one and only Marzie has tagged us on this, so it is indeed the right time for us to reveal the resolutions that we hope to be able to work on and fulfill for this brand new year.

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When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions we seem to fall into four categories: 1) quite serious about them, 2) be flippant about them, 3) do it because we feel pressured to, or 4) do not do them. So, the purpose of this little game is to let us know which category you are in. Copy from “*Start Copy Here*” through “*End Copy Here*” and post it. Before "*End Copy Here*" tell us who you are, your site(s) (with link) and your New Year’s Resolution, or not.

Then tag as many others as you like, from one to your entire blogroll, your choice.

If you like, create an intro paragraph to your post that also acknowledges who tagged you.


Juliana – Juliana's Site - My New Year's resolutions are looking for a part time job, keep blogging, and learn to cook and bake.

Michelle - Rusin Roundup - 1. Learn to be happier and accept myself for who I am, 2. Is to lose about 25 lbs., and 3. Is to stop smoking.

Karen - Grow Rich Along With Me - My resolution for next year is to achieve $3K per month passive income by the end of 2008.

Mel - Attitude, the Ultimate Power & Complain Complain Complain - “I don’t need no stinking resolutions.” I never hold to them anyway so why frustrate myself by starting them now.

Sandee - Comedy Plus - I don't need no stinking resolutions either. Years and years ago I did them because everyone else did, but not once did I follow through. Why set yourself up for failure?

Lynda - lynda's loft - My resolution is to see resolve to that which needs resolution. Like Mel and Sandee, I feel that resolutions give us more stress, however, being a person who sets goals each year, isn't that the same thing as a resolution??? Goals vs. resolutions? Goals are more general and allow for more time to complete them, a resolution requires a mind-set and immediate action, which is not always feasible... Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it...

Amelia - Amel's Realm - This is a list of my New Year's Resolution:
1. Health: Continue exercising twice a week, eat enough veggies and fruit, have enough rest, take vitamin C regularly and women's multivitamin during my period.
2. Spiritual: Improve my Daily Bread reading routine and my prayer life and learn more from God's Word.
3. Financial: Continue to make money online (my goal is getting €100 per month at least), be more creative in writing posts, and save most of the money.
4. General Life: Continue to learn Finnish AND practice it as best and often as I can, try out more baking and cooking recipes, continue to maintain and share positive thoughts, continue to learn to control my thoughts, continue to learn to catch myself before I start complaining and count my blessings instead, continue to stop and cherish all the little moments in life that oftentimes go unnoticed, and continue to feed my inner child and last but not least, continue to ENJOY my life thoroughly.

Max - MAX - My New Year's resolutions are to dedicate more time to my friends; to finally be able to read "Der Spiegel" in German; to be calm when organizing my marriage; to go one last time to my favourite club and dance the night away; and continue to be happy!

Eric - Speedcat Hollydale - I love chicken. Problem is that I really never get to have enough chicken! My New Year's resolution is to enact "Chicken Tuesday". On this day I will eat only chicken, blog about chicken, and promote chickens all over the world. (hormone free) Join me, won't you?

Marzie - Mariuca & Mariuca's Perfume Gallery - My resolution for 2008 is to enjoy a healthier lifestyle and to expand my Perfume Collection.

Sindi- Life Is A Roller Coaster - My resolution is to complain less, pray more and be a little more thankful for what I have.

Judy - Sugar Queen's Dream - My New Year's resolution is:
To take better care of my health.
To eat better, well at least 3 meals a day, I'm lucky these days if I stop for one meal a day....
To help make the world a better place to live, I love the human race, but think there’s always room for change.
To be generous until it hurts.
To live each day as if it's my last.
To make a book of our personal family recipes and traditions for each of my 3 my children, so that the traditions and family cooking can be passed on in my family line long after I'm gone and finally.......
To help more with the local Human society, Animals like little kids can not fend for themselves so it's up to each of us to take care of our pets and to step in and care for all animals.....
I hope that through me I can encourage my Children to be better adults and in turn to raise the Children they have or will have, to be good people with good, sound & solid values.... Peace!

Adrian - First Time Dad - My New Year’s Resolution for 2008 is to be a better father…now I don’t usually make New Year's resolutions because I never keep them but this one I better keep! Happy New Year to one and all!

Colin - Life - New Years Resolution? No way...Better to achieve more throughout the year rather than pander to the whims of a one day 'wishful thought'

Mauro - 1 Million Love Messages - My resolution for next year are: 1. Change my job (maybe work online). I'm really unhappy in the actual one. 2. Dedicate more time to my family and girlfriend... maybe start to get ready for our wedding :-) 3. Work hard in 1 Million Love Messages and reach 2500 Love messages (or more) in the end of 2008.

MidgetManOfSteel - Mental Poo - To get out of dealing with people who I have no desire in helping at the job I’m doing…catch the eye of someone who can see that I can write and be funny…and get my own ticket to happiness from my humor….and a Ferrari. While I’m doing this, I resolve to get a Ferrari.

Stacy - My Thoughts - My New Year’s Resolution for 2008 - Is to be more understanding to my children and to other people, Not to curse at others while I am driving, try to eat right and exercise, try to volunteer in my community, and to believe more in my spiritual side.

Jason - & - Although, I normally don't do New Year's Resolutions (because I find it as an excuse to actually do something I should've already been doing), this year I will plan on giving back to the blogging community, especially my audience. I'm not sure how I will do it yet, but I definitely will.

Kesa - Little Aussie Cynic - My New Years Resolution is the standard..... to finally get off the smokes and to loose 8kg.... both which are possible just difficult.....Happy New Year to you and yours….Aussie

Ann - A Nice Place in the Sun - "To let the rest of my life begin as soon as possible."

Trinity - Rooms of My Heart: My New Year's resolutions in simple and fast way will be blog less and spend more time with my children and read more good books. I want to start studying about global warming and blog it.

Zubli Zainordin – A Total Blog - I do not have any new year resolution, since many years ago. Totally awesome still my total life is, as I experience real magic and enjoy mini miracles, while journeying in cycles, synchronicity, and flow. I praise The Lord.

Melody - Unchained Melody- My New Year resolution is , not to spend money more than we earn(well, i hope so lolz) and to appreciate things in life more:-)

Ev Nucci - My Life is Murphy's Law: My resolutions are simple; they are to make a plan to achieve measurable goals this year and to identify an accountability partner (want to guess who that may be?) by January 30, 2008. I achieve that, then, I have achieved everything I need to achieve. For it is in your plan that you achieve your goals.

Bokjae - Listening, Learning, Living - To live the contemplative life this Year! For more details of what we meant by this please read the first post this year on our blog!

Spiff - Spiff, The Spaceman - Urmmm, I don't have any cos I never keep them. But if I did have any, it would be to be more tolerant with inconsiderate doofusses out there!

Maketraffic - Project Heavy Traffic: My 2008 resolution is to step out of my comfort zone, stretch and reach out. Because No one can predict to what heights you can soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings.

NAFA - NAFASG©™ - As mentioned, we want to improve our goal setting skills for this year, and as a team, we would like to simply carry on pursuing our motive of blogging – blogging for the community, by providing more life tips, reviews and even lending a helping hand to any of our friends in the blogosphere who are in need of help. Individually, we just want to be better people in terms of personality and maturity in thinking and problem solving. The arrival of the year 2008 means that we are all growing a year older, so we had better grow together with our ages as well!

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So you have heard from us! We want to hear from you. Yes, the two of you:

Jamilla and JohnnyQ


Anonymous said...

I'm sure that your continued community blogging will go from strength to strength throughout 2008.
There is also an Award for you here...number 15.

Happy New Year guys.


One Wacky Mom said...

Well good luck you two and Happy New Years!

Rolando said...

More great tips NAFA! I like the 'writing it down' tip. Not only do you have to write down the goal, but all the steps in-between to get to that goal.

There are some tools out there that help with that such as Microsoft Project. I use it all the time it works great, especially for long term goals.

If you don't have MS Project, just a simple day planner works as well.

Mariuca said...

Hello NAFA! What a noble NY resolution, I didn't expect anything less from my favourite community blog! Thanks for sharing and I'll add u to my list now. Have a good day guys! :):):)

WaterLearner said...

Good Post Nafa Team!

I believe in the importance of goal setting that are achievable and positive too!



Hello Colin!

Thanks for your continuous support and faith in us. We wish u success in your life and your blogging life too for this brand new year! =)

Another award?? U definitely know how to make our new year a great one! We'll come over to collect it soon. Thank u so much! =)=)=)


Hello Wacky Mom!

Thanks a lot! Happy New Year and here's to a prosperous one!! =)


Hello Rolando!

Yeah penning your goals down is actually a professional way of working towards your goals. It is very much needed in goal setting. Oh we have got to find out more about this MS Project! It would definitely come in handy for us.

Thanks for the info buddy! =)


Hello GP!!

Yeah we have finally got it up on our blog and we were eagerly waiting for your response. Coz u are the one who tagged us what? Hehe!

Tnanks for giving some love in our comment box here and thanks for adding us in your list. Hope that u too will achieve your resolutions for 2008! NAFA will always be right behind u!!! =)


Hi Karen!!!

Glad u like it! And yes, u must always set positive goals, and be positive about achieving them. =)

Have a nice day! =)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

Cheers to the NAFASG people for doing this meme. Thanks for the link chaps!!!



Hello Speedy!

Thanks a lot! The one resolution we have achieved for the new year is putting up this meme. Haha! And no prob with the link buddy.

Good luck in everything u do for the brand new year. =)

LadyJava said...

Wise words NAFA... great post.. will add you to my list ya :-)

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Shinade said...

Hello Nafa,
it's been a while I know but our family had a rough couple of months just before Christmas due to an unexpected illness and death.

So it is you that this meme began with. Well, it certainly was a fantastic one!!

May I wish you all a fantastic and fabulous Happy New year.

Also, please know that somehow last night I was contacted via email from one of my family members thaeven though she did not reveal herself to me about everything. I did get the impression that she knows more about my sister than she was saying.

In fact I am hoping that it was my sister and she was just checking me out. She certainly is the right age and some of the information that she indulged about herself I know to be true concerning my sister. So I am praying and as always expecting good things!!

Have a great day everyone!!


Hi LJ!!!

Thanks a lot for wanting to add us in your list. And glad u like this article! =)

Hi Scotty!!

Interesting! Will check it out soon. Thanks for the info and Happy New Year!! =)


Hello Jackie!!

Wow it is sooo great to hear from u again. We miss u a lot! We're sorry to hear about those rough times u and your family had to endure, but we believe that everything happens for a reason and hope that u will always stay positive and strong no matter what happens.

And yes, about the email that u received from that someone, we're definitely hoping for the best for u too. We have always been wondering about your sister's whereabouts and we hope that this will be a good sign for u.

May u have a prosperous New Year with your family and friends, and may all your dreams come true. Have a great weekend. Love ya! =)