Happy New Year: The Best Year Ever!

Motivation and habit change

By Marina Aagaard, MFE

On the last days of the year it is time to take stock and set new goals. Time and time again it has been proven, that by reflecting, taking the time to think things over, evaluating, learning from experience, and setting specific goals and writing them down, the chances of reaching one’s goals, a.o. new habits, are vastly improved.
So do it now. Take 5 minutes off for reflection and goal setting.

Taking stock
Take a look back upon the past year. Do it in an ‘appreciative’ way; be thankful for all of the good things, miss out any ‘failures’ and ponder upon the successes; what went well (and how)!

  • What was the number one experience this year (job, school, leisure time, sports)?
  • What was I best at (what did I do particularly well)?
  • Where, how, did I improve this year (physically, mentally, emotionally, socially)?


  • What can I do better in the new year?
  • Where, in which areas, would I like to improve in the new year?
  • What would I like to have more of in the new year?

Same questions, e.g. “what is your most exciting experience this year” can be used for more interesting (New Year’s) dinner conversations.

Goal setting (realistic dream goals)
Now write down 10 goals for the new year, for family, lifestyle, job, school, leisure time, sport, whatever comes to mind.
When your main goals are listed, then break them down into manageable smaller goals.
Integrate those on your daily to-do list onwards. Do something, small (or big) things, every day, until you reach your goal(s).

Recommendation: Start today!

Best wishes from me to you and your loved ones,

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