Happy New Year!! Here comes 2017!!
WOW!! As I have reflected on 2016 in the last couple of weeks, I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone, but I have begun to say that every year now. LOL!! I feel good about the slow progress I have made this year in my business, and the fact that I still weigh what I weighed at this time last year, sustaining a comfortable and healthy body. Not every one of my goals was accomplished, but I tend to set some pretty lofty goals. I am happy with the accomplishments I have made, and look forward to accomplishing even more in 2017. How are you feeling as we close out the year?
I suggest taking some time to reflect, to feel a sense of accomplishment, and then start looking forward to the possibilities of a new year. For some reason 2017 seems like a good number to me, but pretty close to 2020 – doesn’t that just sound weird?
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions, set goals for yourself, make plans to make things happen? Now’s the time to do it. I suggest setting goals rather than resolutions, as most people give up their resolutions by Valentine’s Day only 6 weeks away. I’m all about long-term, long-lasting goals and results.
A few pointers on setting some goals for yourself:
1. Make realistic goals, to ensure your success.
2. Set goals with a deadline in which to accomplish them.
3. Break them down into realistic segments or sub-parts.
4. Put those segments or sub-parts in your calendar with time to work on them.
5. Work toward each deadline on your calendar.
A seemingly simple prospect, right? Maybe not so much. I think my biggest problem with my goals is that I tend to be unrealistic about the time it will take me to accomplish these tasks. I tend to think a 5 hour project will only take 2 hours, so I easily get “behind” and then either stress about the deadline, or I lose the excitement when I don’t meet my own deadlines. Has this happened to you?
For 2017, I am going to try to focus on one task at a time. I tend to be too vague and write down 3-4 things I will do during my “business time”, but then only get 1-2 done. I’m trying a few new things this year to help me along and I will share them with you here.
New calendar or planner – I am a paper and electronic calendar person, so I bought a new planner and have decided I will use pencil this year, rather than pen and a ton of white-out tape. Also, my new calendar has a space at the bottom to write a few lines, so I am putting the important events and accomplishments that need to happen that month right there where I can clearly see them each time I look at the monthly calendar.
I have written my personal goals as well as my business goals, and have already started on breaking this down and writing it in my calendar. I keep this list in the back of my planner, and consult it throughout the year, which can help keep me motivated along the way.
Set a couple of short term goals and do them. You will immediately have a sense of accomplishment, and be more motivated to move on to the next goal. Celebrate each accomplishment, and keep the bigger picture in mind, as it all comes together.
What are you goals for 2017? What would you like to accomplish next year? Do you have a plan for getting there? Do you need help? I’m here for you and continue to offer a FREE discovery session consultation to discuss your goals and dreams.
Also in 2017 I am offering a monthly free class and a monthly $25/pp. class, except for January where there will only be a free class. I am getting my schedule up and would love for you to join me. I am planning these classes to be informative, fun, and inspiring! Sign up today. I am finalizing a location for these classes this week. Scroll down to the calendar on my Calendar page, and book today!!
I’d love to know what you have planned for 2017. Use the comment button at the top of the page to share with me.
I wish you all a wonderful celebration, a safe, warm night, and a joyous, prosperous, and healthy 2017.