New Year Goals

fireworksAs 2014 comes to an end, and the new year arrives, it is that time of the year again, when goals are made to make the next year better than the last. Whether it be finding a job, choosing to focus more on school or choosing to volunteer somewhere, making a personal goal to improve yourself is something good. But making a goal isn’t really the hard part–keeping it up is the real challenge. So what are some ways that can keep you motivated to continue working towards that goal?

For me, when a goal is difficult to achieve, I try to give myself some sort of reward throughout the process. For example, when I’m reading through some notes and it becomes really tedious, I put checkpoints throughout the reading. Perhaps, after reading a chapter, I let myself eat a piece of chocolate. Or maybe after completing an essay, I let myself watch an episode of Suits. Rewarding yourself periodically to motivate yourself to achieve your goal is something many people suggest as a strategy that works. It works for me.


Another motivating strategy is achieving your goal with other people! The team spirit mindset is great–something that seems like sheer work becomes something much more fun. Take exercising, for example. Imagining working out at the gym by yourself, then imagine that you have a friend or two with you. Having people around with the same goals who want to achieve them as much as you do makes this process a lot less lonely, and more fun! This doesn’t only apply to exercising–school work, volunteering, team sports–this holds true for all these as well.


So what if you’re not sure what you’d like to make as a new years goal? There are a lot of opportunities to learn new things, right close to home. Err, here in Montreal, I mean. The gym is located close to campus, and semester memberships for access to gym equipment is not costly at all. If you want to learn a new language, learn to dance, or even learn how to paint, mini-courses at McGill are a great option too! (Lessons are located on campus too.) It isn’t too late in the year to seek out volunteer opportunities or join clubs that you’ve wanted to join, but just haven’t for one reason or another.


Here’s to great new goals, and a wonderful new year!

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