New Goals Is the New Normal!

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Last year at this time we published a blog article called: “Setting Goals When the World Keeps Changing.”  Now that we are starting 2022 and the world is still changing.  Let’s apply a reflection process to our own blog to see how we did and what is different this year!

Last year, we wrote, “Let Go of Old Goals.” So much had changed it was wise to recalibrate a bit!  This year, let’s try: “New Goals IS the New Normal.”  Part of being resilient is continuously letting go of goals that are no longer relevant or applicable and picking up new goals that are a better fit for the new reality.  This can lead to the question, “why have goals at all?”  Goals are still useful in focusing our attention and providing a sense of forward movement – we just need to be practical and gentle with ourselves when circumstances change.

Last year, we wrote “Pick one problem” and “Start small.” At a time when things still seemed overwhelming, focusing on small things that we could control provided some confidence and empowerment. For many of us this year has introduced new and more stable patterns – kids are generally back in school, workplaces are finding their groove with remote work and we have public health knowledge and options we did not have before.  So, this year, let’s try, “Grow Into a New Normal.”  This means staying problem-focused in manageable chunks while starting to construct and grow into a new worldview.

Last year, we wrote, “Ask for help,” and emphasized the importance of social connection even while social distancing. This year, it is still important to ask for help but it is equally important to offer it.  A New Normal includes supporting both ourselves and others – helping others achieve their goals, even as we achieve our own.

“Celebrate the goals you have already achieved!”  While looking ahead to 2022, don’t forget to pause to congratulate yourself on what was achieved this past year.  We are guessing that you continued to be more resilient than you once thought you were!   Continue to grow in this new year!

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