Happy New Year!
So it’s the first week of January and you ready for the new year. This is going to be YOUR year! Nothing is going to stand in your way! I hear you, I do. Let’s be real – how unattainable are your goals? Is it to lose 50 pounds this year, be a better person, read more, enjoy life – the list goes on.
Overall everything you want to accomplish is wonderful. I have a list that I’ll be sharing later when I break down how I’m going to reach the big goals with small victories.
Let’s take a look back on 2016. What didn’t work for you? For me, my excuses took over my life. I had one for everything – I couldn’t workout because I had my period, I had a bad day so I deserved a cheat meal, I deserved that bottle of wine because life is driving me crazy and I needed to unwind. THERE WAS ALWAYS AN EXCUSE! The difference of those who succeed and those who don’t is what you are going to do with that excuse. Are you going to be the person that lets the excuse win each time or are you not even going to allow the excuse to take up one second of your time. For me, I let them win every.single.time!
My 2017 goals will be slightly different than my 2016 goals in that they will have several small victories included in them to make the overall tasks not seem as daunting.
Now these may seem like some hefty goals to anyone that looks at them. Hell, looking at them at one time they seem crazy to me! The key to achieving these objectives for me will be breaking them down into small tasks. For instance, the first one to lose 25 pounds by July 1. The average person loses 1-2 pounds per week so if I am for that same weight loss, achieving that goal will be rather easy. I may even be able to lose more than that which would give me a leg up on the second half of the year for weight loss.
Read 12 personal development books and 15 entertainment books. That’s one book a month. I love reading and learning so if I take my time and go through one book a month, I can practice what I read during that month in my life and see how it impacts it. As far as the other genres of books that I want read – those will be much easier for me to accomplish. I read every night before bed to help relax my mind. I never read books that make me think hard or that would keep me up all night going over what I read or what I need to do so personal development books are a morning option.
Completing the 5 Minute Journal. If you haven’t had a chance to get this journal in hard copy or the digital version on your smartphone – GET IT NOW! This has been a total game changer as far as appreciating me. Each day at 8:00 am it notifies me to answer three simple questions – I am grateful for…, What will I do to make today great?, and Daily affirmations. At 9:00 pm, I list 3 amazing things that happened that day and how I could have made today even better. That’s it! It’s nice to look back at some things that you wrote throughout the year and it will usually put a positive spin on a negative day.
Ranking up is a business decision that I had to make. While off from work over Christmas, I had to make the decision to either go all in as a coach or let it go by the wayside. I chose to go all in. Health and wellness are such an important part of living a long fulfilling life for everyone so if I can inspire others along the way, why not do it!
My husband says I nag too much. That may be true but when you love and support your family as much I as do – I don’t look at it as nagging. I see it as encouraging others to do things as well as I know they can. In 2017 though, I am going to choose to pick which items I make a big deal about, especially with my son. He’s 16, knows everything, and that’s it. We were all teenagers once and I have to remember that.
Financial goals are so important! With a business in the making and a home in my future (hopefully), I need to get a handle on saving and spending. (Amazon Prime..SMH..don’t even get me started!!) I want to put at least $400 a month into savings. I can do this but I hope to put more away. I want to get rid of some of our unnecessary debt like credit cards, student loans, etc. I’m not one for budgeting but cutting back will certain help.
I have big plans for this year and it really be my year one way or another. I’m tired of talking about it. It’s time to start doing!
So, tell me – what are your 2017 goals and how do you plan on obtaining them? Comment below and let’s get the conversation started!