Episode 22 of The Rider's Mind Podcast: Get What You Want In 2020
It’s a new year and it’s time to write goals and make plans for the year. Instead of working towards those goals, I suggest you work on becoming the person who achieves the goals you want to achieve. In this episode, I’ll talk about being who you need to be to get what you want to have.
I’m not one for making resolutions, but I do think this is a good time to reflect on the past year and to look forward to the year ahead. It’s a time to think about what we want to work on, who we want to be and what we want to achieve.
Before we move on to a new year, I think it’s important to reflect on what went well and what didn’t go well in the past year. If you want to grab a pen and paper, you can divide your page into two columns: what went well in 2019 and what you learned from it. Write down your ideas for each column. Flip the page over and use two columns again: write down what didn’t go well in 2019 and what you learned from it.
Next, think about what you can let go of this year. Can you let go of frustration, resentment or disappointment? Then, think about what you can celebrate from 2019. What do you have to be grateful for? Write these down.
As we move on to 2020, think about your goals. What do you hope to achieve? I like to think about an overall theme like keep moving forward or step outside my comfort zone or let things go. I set goals, but keep them loose. I’ve tried setting no goals and I’ve tried setting super-specific goals, but these loose goals work best for me. I give myself a direction, without setting something so specific that I pursue it obsessively. For example, I might set a goal of having a solid, consistent, happy horse at the end of the year
Whatever approach you take to goal setting, make sure you know what your goals mean to you.
More important than setting goals is knowing who you need to be to achieve your goals. What habits and values do you need to have to achieve your goals? Adjust your habits and mindset to be the person you need to be. If you aren’t yet achieving your goals, who do you need to become to achieve them? Are you willing to make the changes necessary? If you can’t commit to the changes, sacrifices and choices required, you might want to adjust your goal.
To achieve your goals, you may need to develop new habits. I’ve learned a lot about habits from the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. It’s a great read if you’re looking for suggestions to change your habits. If you’re ready to make a change and become the person you need to be to achieve your goals, get started today!