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#ygkChallenge: Set a goal!

goal setting, how to set a goal, New Year's ResolutionWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Set a goal! For many people, setting New Year’s resolutions is completely unappealing. It usually involves overly ambitious, unrealistic goals and expectations, which in turn set us up for failure as the road to achievement quickly becomes unmanageable. On the other hand, goal setting can be a very beneficial tool. It can keep us motivated, organize our time, and boost our self-esteem. So, what’s a person to do? This week, I challenge you to sit down and write down one goal in a few chosen aspects of your life: work, self-improvement, social, etc, keeping in mind some important keys to success. The goal must be specific, realistic, practical, and focused on a new thought pattern or behaviour. Be honest with yourself. Choose a goal in areas of your life where you are truly willing and ready to change and expect a few bumps on the road. To think and act differently requires a ‘re-wiring’ of your brain, which can only be done when we are ready to take the steps required to change. Enjoy the path to achievement! Celebrate small successes and have fun with your goals. In the end, if the overall journey was not positive or enjoyable then it was likely not in line with your beliefs to begin with.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to AIDA for today’s photo.

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Alanna Kuhn

Alanna Kuhn has retired as a contributor to Kingstonist. She is a Naturopathic Doctor and co-owner of Kingston Natural Route Health. She regularly contributed to Kingstonist's weekly #ygkchallenge, encouraging Kingstonians to explore healthier lifestyle options.

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