CHALLENGES, GOALS, AND RESOLUTIONS – OH MY!

Happy New Year! Is anyone else shocked that it is already 2 0 1 9!

Who else doesn’t do “resolutions”? If you have known me for a while you will know I start every single Monday with a fresh start. What an amazing way to begin new. It really has changed my life. Many years ago, I worked with someone who every single Monday came into the office and used every adjective you could think of to describe her Monday. After a few weeks, I actually became very sad for her. I thought, wow, is her life really that bad? Then her negativity began subconsciously rubbing off on me. The first time I said out loud, “Monday, YUCK!”. Something happened inside. I knew from that moment I had to change my thinking, or I would quickly go down the negativity road and I would bring on myself a life I didn’t enjoy.

With that being said, one thing I do E N J O Y very much is goal setting…and spreadsheets hee, hee. If I can combine the two – wowza! It is as if my heart is jumping with joy. Nerdy, right? That’s okay.


Let’s get into the meat of today’s post.

G O A L   S E T T I N G

Whenever you start thinking about what you want to achieve, set a goal. There are some easy peasy, as my three old would say, steps to ensure success.

Use the S.M.A.R.T. method and you really can’t fail!

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Time-bound

I like to leave my goals sheet overview on my desk. I can see it each morning when I sit down with my cuppa coffee and review the day ahead. I know others who keep their list in their planner, on their bathroom mirror, etc. Put it wherever YOU will see it every. single. day. This really is key
Are you good at following through by yourself or do you need an accountability partner? I am somewhere in the middle. I really do not have close friends nearby to sit with weekly or monthly; therefore, I like to use online versions of accountability – my blog, Facebook Groups, my YouTube videos, etc. Just figure out what works for you!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” ~Chinese Proverb

Don’t be hard on yourself and give yourself lots of grace, especially in the beginning. What is it that they say 21 days to make a habit! You will not be perfect on all goals all the time. Just keep going every day. Do not let one slip up drag you all the way back to the beginning. You got this! I promise.

I would set the four following categories:

Daily Goals
Weekly Goals
Monthly Goals
Long-Term Goals

I think each category title is pretty self-explanatory. If you are having trouble feel free to comment or email me. I love helping others set their goals and cheer them on!

Until next time.

Joy in the journey,
Jess 

WORD OF THE YEAR 2019

Happy New Year! I am so happy you are here.

In 2013 I started coming up with my WOTY. How many of you do the same?

Have you determined what yours will be for 2019? I struggled with a few different ones. I felt very strongly about one word in particular and woke up on Friday night, December 28th and just knew I was supposed to change it.



My 2019 Word of the Year is: I N T E N T I O N A L

2018 was a very unusual year for me. I had all these great things I wanted to accomplish and while some were, I felt pulled in 100 different directions. I gave my all to others and put myself on the backburner.

This year is all about INTENT. Everything I do going forward will be with intent. If that requires me to say no to some things or people, I will be okay with doing so. I have a very heavy “to-do” or “to accomplish list” for 2019. I will give it my all and make the things important in my life a priority.

I have broken down my GOAL List the following way:
1. Spiritual
2. Personal Development
3. Health
4. Romance
5. Family
6. Business/Career
7. Finances
8. Fun & Recreation
9. Social

I listened to a podcast and this was the quick & dirty explanation of each category.

Spiritual – the inner part of yourself.

Personal Development – your mind. How are going to be better at who you are? What am I going to do to grow myself?
Health – what am I going to do to take care of my body?

Romance - this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. What will I do to contribute to a healthy relationship?

Family – when we take the time to reflect on how we’d like our family to grow, we invest in our family’s success.

Business/Career – what am I going to do in my business or career that’s going to move it forward?

Finances – what do I want to achieve financially?

Fun & Recreation – what am I going to do for fun?

Social – how can I nurture my friendships?

I really like the breakdown of each category. I believe this is an easier way to focus the whys of what is important to me. I have listed about 4-5 different ways to focus on each topic throughout the year. This seems manageable and exciting!

Do you have goals for the new year? Have you put together a written plan to hold yourself accountable and track your success?

Until next time.

Joy in the journey,
Jess