Happy New Year!!
I know, I know. I’m late with that, seeing as how January is halfway over already. 😐
Nevertheless, my spirit is still celebrating!! I’m celebrating the newness of the year, the exciting undercurrent that whispers,
Go for it! Spare nothing! You will hit the mark! You will conquer every obstacle you dare to take aim at! Don’t hold back!!
So, yeah, I’ve been shouting from the mountain tops to all passersby that 2017 is our year!! Get excited! 😀
First, I started with close friends and family. Then to my local community by doing a feature in the paper about being intentional and setting family goals for the new year. I’ve also done Facebook live check-ins as an ongoing Monday morning motivation session for members of our mother’s discussion group, Mercy Over Judgment. (Click link to join now, if you haven’t already). Please forgive me for neglecting to put it down in writing from the start for all of my blog friends.
Resolutions vs. goals
I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of resolutions. My experience is that most often when people discuss their new year’s resolutions they have already set a subconscious finish or fail date to each item. Whether it’s a fad diet or a new commitment to exercise, theirs an unspoken sentiment of only half-commitment. Or the idea that I’ll do it for as long as I can, which limits the effectiveness of any resolution to the extent of one’s own willpower.
Goals work better for me. I review the past year and mark off those accomplished and take any goals that did not and make them top priorities for the new year.
What I want to emphasize is that setting goals (whether for personal development or for your career/business) is not something done for the sake of checking items off of a list. The action forces us to be intentional about the direction in which we live our lives. It acknowledges that we are all works in progress, and by seeking to improve ourselves we become better people and society members. It is an ongoing process, allowing us to evaluate, correct, or improve upon ourselves.
New Year goals for 2017
I’ve written down my long detailed list with categories and subcategories! A bit overkill, but that’s just how I roll, especially when it comes to writing anything. I love the details. Here are my primary goals for 2017 and I’m enlisting you all to hold me accountable!!
- Daily priority of spending time with God
- Pray without ceasing
- More quality time with hubby.
- Have more fun times with kids, including game night and other stuff.
- Get a mentor
- Publish books
- Upgrade blog
- Grow blog readership to 100,000
- Gradually eliminate sugars
- Exercise for 30 minutes a day.
- Buy & Make healthier foods for the whole family.
- Personal Development
- Practice singing every day.
- Relearn French
- Learn about cultural history
- Practice A Small Act of Kindness every day.
My handwritten list has far more details along with scribbles and little hearts and nonsense doodles. Lol. Oh, the way my mind works. 🙂
What’s on your radar?
You knew it was coming. Here it is! My tried and true encouragement and admonition for you. Shake off those old ideas. Shake off the failures of last year or even last week, and think about what you really want. Whatever it is, you will not get there without taking baby steps in that direction.
Do you want to lose weight and practice a healthier lifestyle? Do you want to make a career transition? Or do you want to be happier overall?
Start with assessing your daily habits and inclinations. Your default method of doing things must change in order to have a lasting effect on your life. Decide. Commit. Succeed!
And be honest, an accountability partner may be necessary. For me, I use the mothers of the Mercy Over Judgment group, a few close friends, and even my daughter to get on my case when I’m tempted to slack off and fall back into old habits.
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it!
We can do this together!
Get going! 2017 and all it’s exciting possibilities await. Let’s decide on this, whatever we choose to focus on, we will commit to it. And end the year on a higher level and living a better quality of life than the way we started it. Agreed?!