Yes it’s already that time of year, time to make your New Year’s resolutions. For the past few years I haven’t really been in to making resolutions because I typically say I’m going to eat healthier and go the gym (snooze!). If you are anything like me, these goals are too broad and you typically fall off the wagon a few weeks later. While I may start off with the best of intentions, the lack of a solid plan means I have a slim chance for success – resulting in my bitterness towards resolutions all together. But not this year!
A resolution by definition is a firm decision to do or not do something.
Keywords: firm decision.
2017 is going to be different, I am making a conscious firm decision to set attainable goals and a plan of action which will lead me to a successful, happy year. Instead of making broad goals like eating healthier and working out more (because what exactly does eating healthier mean?) I am focusing on a list of 8 goals throughout the year. Some may be very specific – like learning the manual settings on my camera – and some may be more general – like nourishing my relationship with family and friends. This year my overall goal is to become a more in tune and well-rounded person. I talked about personal happiness in this post, and setting goals that aspire me to be the best version of myself equates to growth and inner happiness, which we can then share our joy with the ones we hold dear.
The best part about this resolution list? It can be tweaked so anyone can use it. My hope is that you will take the time to think about what matters most to you and focus in on it this upcoming year. With a little time and effort 2017 can be off to a wonderful start – I’m here to guide and support you! Just follow the two easy steps I’ve created for you and you’ll have a goal action plan to refer to throughout the year.
Step 1 – List your resolutions
Print the worksheets below and fill in your list with your goals for the year, we’ll be visiting three of them in the next step. Place your list some where visible to serve as a daily reminder.
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Resolutions – they are nothing without follow through
- Write out your resolutions.
- List any obstacles you may face and write an action plan. Include how you will overcome obstacles.
- Mark key dates (set realistic deadlines) in your planner.
- Stare fear in the face. Understand that there will be scary moments and occasional setbacks. This is not the end – redirect yourself and when achieving your goals seems impossible move forward anyways.
- Let go of the experiences and tools that do not help you grow and move forward.
- Share your goals – whether it be with a person you trust, on your blog, through social media, or written in your journal. Putting your goals out there will hold you accountable.
Step 2 – Divide goals in to small steps
Don’t underestimate the power that comes from writing down what you want. Set your intentions and blaze forward. Dividing your goals in to small achievable steps keeps you from feeling lost and over whelmed – you are more likely to reach the finish line if you take it step-by-step.
Pick three of your goals (this is easier with the more specific goals you set) you would like to work on and then decide on which actions you will need to take to achieve your goal. Next, prioritize an action and break it down in to smaller steps (think of this like a checklist). Here’s a visual:
I will learn how to use the manual settings on my camera
take a class or online course | watch online tutorials | buy a photography book
Steps (take a class)
- Research course options at local community college and learning center
- Register for one class by (insert date)
- Practice taking photos 2 times a week for 6 weeks starting (insert date)
So there you have it friends, an action plan that will set you on the path to a successful year. Believe that this year, anything is possible! There are 365 wonderful days before you.
Wishing you peace, love and laughter in the new year!
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What are your new year’s resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.
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