Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you!

How To Achieve Your 2017 Goals

30th December 2016

The New Year is soon approaching and people are starting to rethink their life choices. This can be related to their health, money, or relationship decisions. This is the time of year where everyone gets a clean slate, can start off fresh, and improve themselves. It’s the perfect opportunity to set goals and change your life because motivation is at an all-time high.

Now’s the time to not only figure out what your 2017 goals are, but how you’re going to set yourself up to achieve them.

Below are common goals people have, and how you can make sure you set yourself up for success.

Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you! Related:

1. Losing Weight or Getting Healthier

Year after year, people set a resolution to either lose weight or make healthier decisions. This can be done, but a plan needs to be set in place to ensure results. I’ve often found that when I set a concrete plan and have the correct tools and mindset in place, I succeed. Setting up goals is easy, but taking action and making sure you are actively striving to hit the goal is crucial to success.

Tools to succeed:

  • Get a food planner to keep track of the food you are eating. This is especially handy at first because many people do not realize how much they are overeating.
  • Download the Way of Life app on your phone and keep track of daily goals you have hit. This app has helped me with my 3 goals (meditation, not eating foods with sugar added, and taking my dogs for a daily walk).
  • Download the Lean and Clean Meal Plan. This 200+ page guide is not only a 14-day meal plan that is easy to follow but also gives you all kinds of tips regarding other health-related aspects, such as having the mindset of a fit person, why calorie restriction doesn’t work, and tons more.
  • Download free workout apps such as Sworkit, DailyBurn or subscribe to free workouts on Youtube such as Blogilates or Yoga with Adriene.
  • This is the workout program I have been using at home for the past 2 years. Working out at home has allowed me to save money and time.Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you!

2. Make More Money

Making more money is often on people’s New Year’s resolution list for obvious reasons and this could be one of the great 2017 goals for you. Making side income or full-time income on your own has never been easier, thanks to the internet.

I recommend checking out this post here of 50+ Ways To Make Extra Money

3. Reduce Stress and Become Happier

This is one goal that I believe we can all benefit from. I know many of my friends and family members that are constantly on the go, and never giving themselves a break. Life should be about happiness, enjoying yourself, and enjoying your time with your loved ones.

Tools to succeed:

  • Download the free app called “Headspace”. This app will guide you through your meditation and teach you how to start meditating with no equipment needed whatsoever. Meditating just one time a day for 10 minutes can have major benefits to your life.
  • Spend less time on your phone. Moment is an app that will track how long you have been on your phone which can give you a wake-up call to spend less time on your phone.

Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you!

4. Read More

I encourage reading books that aren’t nonfiction. Dive into a mystery or romance novel that will take you into another world. I’m currently reading the Harry Potter series and it has been a major stress reliever! I also listen to the Harry Potter soundtrack in the background. =)

Tools to succeed:

  • Get a Goodreads account. Goodreads is amazing! You can find in-depth reviews on books, find out what your author’s favorite books are, and tons more. I also love that I can add books to my “I want to read” section on my profile.
  • Join a book club. You can find book clubs either at your local library, bookstore, or online.
  • If you don’t have a library card yet, you must sign up for one. If your library doesn’t have the book you are looking for, you can request the book, which eliminates paying for a book if you are on a budget.

5. Save More Money

Saving money is something we can all benefit from. Saving money means we can store more cash into our emergency fund, put it towards our loans for school

Tools to succeed:

  • Learn how you can save money on groceries with Ibotta. I use this every time I go to a store and it’s so much easier than clipping out a bunch of coupons. 
  • Watch The Minimalists and start buying less “stuff”. One of my favorite documentaries of 2016.
  • Get a budget planner and start keeping track of your purchases.
  • Sign up for the $5 Meal Plan and start cooking at home instead of spending hundreds of dollars at restaurants each month.
  • Check out my student discount list.

Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you!

6. Learn a Second Language

Learning a second language is an automatic added bonus to any resume, and with jobs moving abroad, this can really come in handy. Knowing a second language is also beneficial for many other reasons such as better memory and expanding your friend base to around the world.

Tools to succeed: 

  • Download Duolingo. It’s free and a lot of fun to use!
  • Check out italki. You get 1 on 1 online language lessons from a native speaker. Sign up here and get $10 towards your class.
  • Check out free books and dvds from the library. There are tons of language learning books to choose from.
  • Watch movies or listen to music in another language.

7. Volunteer More

My boyfriend and I have made it a goal to start volunteering at our local animal shelter. On Christmas Day, we spent a couple hours passing out treats and giving love to all of the animals. So many animals out there need our help. Volunteering is good for the soul, and everyone else around you.

Givepulse is an easy to use website. All you have to do is enter your zip code and a bunch of volunteer opportunities will come up.

Below is a photo of Coco, the dog we rescued from our favorite animal shelter! =)

Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you!

8. Travel More

Traveling has become quite popular the past couple years as a way to explore different cultures, while simultaneously getting to know yourself. I know firsthand that solo traveling does have it’s perks, as I went solo to South America and Europe for a few months.

Tools to succeed:

9. Write More

Writing more has so many benefits. Whether you write on a blog, in your personal diary, or at school, there are so many benefits. I’ve kept a personal diary for many years now and I love seeing how far I’ve come. I also like being able to relive certain memories. The word some is italicized for a reason. =)

Tools to succeed:

  • Sign up for Siteground and start your own blog. I went full-time a few months ago and have never been happier at work! I work from home which means I get to travel whenever I want and see my dogs all the time, too.
  • Get a journal that will motivate you to write more.

Find out how to set up for success for 2017. Whether your goals are weight loss, living healthier, saving money, making money, all of these tips will help you!

10. Become Stronger Mentally

I truly believe once we become stronger mentally, we will succeed and improve all other areas of our life. Many people strive to make a goal of getting healthier physically, but getting healthier mentally is just as important, if not more. Becoming mentally healthy will also set a strong foundation for getting healthier physically.

Tools to succeed:

  • The book, “You Are A Badass” changed my mentality on life tremendously. I’m not a fan of self-help books, but this book was done so perfectly. I’ve always recommended this book to all of my friends and family members and have read it a few times already.
  • Meditate daily, as I mentioned earlier.
  • Treat yourself with respect. Don’t put yourself down or talk badly about yourself. Treat you as you would treat your closest family member.

My goals for 2017:

  • Meditate daily
  • Take my dogs for walks daily
  • Exercise daily
  • eat less added sugar, salt, and eliminate oils

Here are my go-to ways to having a healthy and fit body:

What are your goals for 2017?

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20 thoughts on “How To Achieve Your 2017 Goals

  1. Dina Roberts

    Theses are wonderful ideas. I’ve been looking for a good blog platform. Can you clarify the Resplus website address mentioned in #7? I can’t find the site.

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  2. candy

    Like how listed the most common goals and gave suggestions on how to achieve these goals. Great list for those who haven’t made their list yet.

    Reply
  3. Ashley

    Lose weight and save money are definitely one of my goals! We have had an ice storm hit NC since Friday so the gym has not been an option but I can’t wait to get back to my routine!

    Reply

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