Ultimate Goal for the New Year: Making Yourself a Priority

Jan 01 2024 0 Comments

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As we embark on a journey into the new year, it's customary to set goals that propel us toward growth, happiness, and success. While aspirations like career achievements, family, and health targets often top the list, one thing tends to get overlooked—making yourself a priority. In the pursuit of your ambitions, consider integrating self-prioritization into your goal-setting strategy. Here are 8 goals to prioritize:

  1. Own Your Strengths. Begin by acknowledging and embracing your strengths. Make a list of the qualities that make you unique and valuable. Own these strengths unapologetically, as they will serve as the foundation for achieving any goal you set.
  1. Celebrate Your Progress. Too often, we focus on the destination and forget to appreciate the journey. Set a goal to celebrate your progress, no matter how small. Acknowledge the steps you've taken, and rejoice in the growth and development you've experienced along the way.
  1. Advocate for Yourself. Become your own biggest advocate. Speak up for your needs, desires, and ambitions. Take charge of your narrative and ensure that your voice is heard. Advocate for the opportunities and experiences that align with your goals and aspirations.
  1. Forgive Your Mistakes. Understand that making mistakes is an inherent part of the human experience. Instead of dwelling on errors, make a commitment to forgive yourself. Learn from your mistakes, grow stronger, and use them as stepping stones toward a better version of yourself.
  1. Lean on Your Supporters. Recognize the importance of your support system. Whether it's friends, family, or mentors, lean on those who uplift and encourage you. Share your goals with them. They will be there to fuel you, help you, and hold you accountable.
  1. Walk Away from Toxic People. Make a resolution to distance yourself from toxic relationships that drain your energy and hinder your progress. Redefine what loyalty means. Surround yourself with individuals who inspire, motivate, and contribute positively to your well-being, and for whom you strive to do the same. By walking away from toxic relationships, you create space for healthier connections that uplift and support you.
  1. Create Space Where You Can Be Still. In the midst of life's chaos, prioritize carving out moments of stillness and solitude. Create space for self-reflection, mindfulness, and relaxation. This can be a designated physical space or simply a daily practice of quiet contemplation. Creating space for stillness enhances your focus, productivity, and creativity. As for all of those things that you have to get done, you will have increased mental clarity needed to tackle tasks efficiently and approach challenges with innovative solutions.
  1. Take Brave Action for Personal Growth. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone. Identify areas for personal growth and take brave actions to achieve them. Whether it's learning a new skill, embracing a new hobby, or tackling a fear, the path to personal growth often lies just beyond familiarity.

Incorporating goals centered on prioritizing oneself into your new year's resolutions will not only enhance your overall well-being but also empower you to tackle other objectives with newfound strength and clarity. Remember, making yourself a priority is not a selfish act but a necessary one to ensure you're operating at your best for both yourself and those around you.

For parents and caregivers, prioritizing yourself sets an inspiring example for your students. Your commitment to self-growth and well-being encourages those around you, particularly students, to do the same and fosters a culture of self-care.

By incorporating goals centered on prioritizing oneself you lay the groundwork for a fulfilling and successful journey. Remember, making yourself a priority is not a one-time resolution but a lifelong commitment to your well-being and personal growth. Cheers to a year of self-discovery, resilience, and transformative empowerment!


Share in the comments goals centered on prioritizing oneself that you plan to focus on in the new year.



Stacey Montgomery
Founder, Stacey M Design Inc.


In launching my Sunshine and Self-CareTM Greeting Card Subscription Program, I seek to remind us that even as we enjoy supporting others, to also tend to our own needs and goals. Each month it includes a Note to Self card which is a reminder of ways that we can practice self-care, self-love, and self-advocacy. This blog expands on the Note to Self card about making yourself a priority in the new year. Click here to learn more about Sunshine and Self-CareTM Greeting Card Subscription Program.


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