Welcome to 2018.
Did you make any new year's resolutions? Are you jumping on the 'lose 15 lbs' bandwagon, or did you get creative?
As silly as it may seem to some, I feel that making resolutions is important for a healthy outlook for the coming year. You must have goals to grow, and how do we set goals? It all begins with ambitious intentions.
When you reflect on your past year, were you elated at what you accomplished? Check off every box of last years resolutions? Or did you leave some undone? Did you allow your busy to overshadow your success?
Stagnant Dreams and Bland objectives does not a successful person make.
So, how do we get excited again? How can you move forward instead of getting stuck in neutral again this year?
Let's take those ambitions and build a purpose-driven plan, beginning with these three things.
MAKE A LIST.
You may roll your eyes at this one, but writing it down and pasting it all over your fridge or home screen on your computer is one way to hold yourself accountable. It also gets it out of your head, so #1 you won't forget it, and #2 you have to look at it. LOOK AT IT! LOOK. AT. IT.
Make it pretty or simply jot it down on a post-it...whatever works. Get it in your face. Keep it relevant.
A list of objectives is just that - a list. Unless you do something about it. Set deadlines. LOTS of them & hold yourself to them. Put a major goal in RED and put little milestones in blue or green. Hearts and stars here people! Have a reward waiting for yourself at the finish line (hello cupcake & bubbly!)
Set achievable goals. That does not mean you lower the bar so you simply skim by...it means you must be realistic. Examine what will stretch you (without consuming you) so you may grow in 2018.
Give yourself some G-R-A-C-E.
You absolutely CANNOT do it all, all the time, all year long. Amend as needed. i.e: If you set a fitness goal and then get the flu, you have to allow your body time to get healthy again. Understand amending the goal should not be seen as a detrimental setback. Get back up on that horse and ride on!
This applies to stress as well. If you need a break, make time for one. However, you should NOT by any means extend a deadline or amend an objective because of LAZINESS. Good things come to those who work their ass off. #hustle
Some of My personal and professional goals for 2018 include:
selling our house
downsizing & eliminating excess stuff
prioritizing kindness over my CONVENIENCE
choosing joy on a daily basis.
These are some big COMMITMENTS, However they all come with mini-milestones that are individually achievable and stack up to some pretty big wins.
"And one day she discovered that she was fierce, & strong, & full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears." - Mark Anthony