The Surprising Secret to Meeting Your New Year’s Goals

I’ve got a surprising word that’s a big part of my New Years resolutions: Acceptance.  

If you’re a (recovering) perfectionist like me, you might be puzzled at first, but then you ultimately understand.

We are really good at getting in over our head with our over-the-top goals, aren’t we? We plan to lose 20 pounds, run 4 miles every morning, start a new side business and learn how to sew. All by February 1.

And yet, when those high aspirations aren’t met (or only a few of these goals are met), we find ourselves crashing down emotionally, perhaps even filled with cynicism and self-hatred.

We wonder, “Why do I even try? What’s the point of this anyway?”

Which is a worse spot to be in than before the goal-setting started. 

If this is you, I want to encourage you now! I have been there, and I still struggle with this.

Let me show you how a bit of acceptance (and realistic thinking) can make all the difference when it comes to New Years goal setting (or anytime you need to set goals). 

I was shocked how this simple word changed my New Years resolution goal setting strategy... finally I was able to meet my goals! You won't believe how this change can help you successfully set goals too!

I want to share 5 concepts that use acceptance to transform our goal-setting plans into completed accomplishments.

Each of these are:

  • incredibly powerful mindsets that will finally set you free to meet your goals
  • easily adaptable to any goals you may set
  • perfect for those of us who deal with perfectionist thinking

Plus, I want to share one of my favorite ways to do goal planning (with acceptance and grace).

I want to help you discover the progress and change you’re looking for! Let’s get started!

This first concept was hard at first, but it has brought so much peace, clarity and success in my goal setting…

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Jill - January 8, 2014 Reply

Thank you!!! This is so freeing and as a businesswoman and homeschool mom I am so appreciative of this mindset. I love when Peter says, (paraphrasing) I do the things I shouldn’t and don’t do what I should. We are human and not perfect, but sometimes (especially around January 1st) we tend to think we are! So, in closing, I do appreciate that you are able to just say this is where I am, better than last year but still have areas that need to be improved. Have a blessed 2014! And thank you for the encouragement.

    Alicia - January 8, 2014 Reply

    Jill, I so appreciate what you wrote here, and I am so glad it encouraged you! Yes, I had that exact Scripture in mind (I do what I don’t want to do, etc) when I was writing this. It is a growing process to be content with *just* the me I am now, but I have to remind myself that I am fully loved by God at ALL times and that Jesus was willing to trade His life for mine when I was at my ultimate worst. It’s good to hear I’m not the only one who struggles with this (especially around January 1st)! May we both be blessed this year as we focus on the source of all contentment, joy and self-worth!

Kimm at Reinvented - December 18, 2016 Reply

What great advice, I will definitely use this. Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday.

Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom - January 5, 2017 Reply

Wise thoughts! Thank you for sharing your motivating insights with us at #FridayFrivolity recently! Pinning and tweeting. 🙂

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