Goal Setting + The New Year
If you guys know me at all, you may know that I have always loved writing lists and constantly setting goals for myself. I am definitely one of those people who makes huge lists all day long and then if I happen to accomplish something that wasn't on any list, I add it just to check it off, ha! Any of you guys do that?! Anyway, I am a pro at writing goals and admittedly, not always so much at following through with every one.
I absolutely LOVE the new year and the period of reflection that it brings. I love looking back on the past year and thinking about how much I have to be thankful for, and setting goals for the next year. I never have been one to be much of a "resolution" person, however, I like to set pretty general goals for myself for the coming year. I never set any goals that are too hard to reach, more like guideposts on what I want my life to look like in a year or things I want to focus on. I have been staying at my sister's house for the holidays and we have both been doing a lot of talking and reflecting on how to write appropriate goals for ourselves for the new year. She told me about a leader in her field who had recommended to her to write goals in a way where you visualize yourself having accomplished those goals already. So instead of saying, "I will open a small business in 2017", saying "I am a successful small-business owner." And then really picturing yourself in that role.
I still have some work to do on this, but I am excited to give it a try today and in the new year. Something else I really intend to focus on for the year is gratitude. I intend to have a journaling practice where every night (or at least most nights), I briefly write about a few things I'm grateful for. I have done that intermittently over the past year, and when I do it at night I have noticed that I wake up the next day with such a good attitude to start the day.
What about you guys? Anyone have a certain method of writing goals that has worked for them?
I hope you all have a fantastic, lovely and inspiring new year!
"Sometimes I only need to stand wherever I am to be blessed." -Mary Oliver