2017 New Year’s Resolutions
Can you believe it? Another year has come and gone and we are preparing for 2017! As we begin to look back on 2016 and reflect, it’s a time to do some soul searching. We usually ask ourselves the same questions. What do I want to accomplish this year? What do I want to change about myself? And so forth. So today, we’re going to talk about how to create a 2017 New Year’s Resolutions list, and I may even throw in some ideas to add to your list.
Take some time to sit back and reflect on your 2016! If you keep a journal this is a great time to read through old journal entries. Make a list of your favorite things, and your not so favorite things. Ask yourself what you would change (if you could) about the things that did or did not happen during the year. Whether you intend to make 2017 New Year’s Resolutions or not, I feel it is still a great idea to do this. Each year will usually be filled with ups and downs. Sometimes, depending on how many “downs” you have, you can get caught up in those ‘downs’ and forget about all the many blessings you have. By making this list, you can be reminded how blessed you truly are! Evaluating your year will lead you to the next step.
Once you evaluate your year, you can then think about the new year and decide what you want to accomplish. This can be a simple predictable list: lose weight, eat better, hike the Smokies, visit Pigeon Forge, etc. 😉 Or these lists can get pretty deep. 2017 New Year’s Resolutions can be on a personal level, professional level, family level…basically all aspects of your life. If you are reading this, it means more than likely you enjoy reading. If you are looking for a great book to read that will completely change your life, how you think and make decisions, I highly recommend The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. This book is a game changer!
The most important thing to do after setting goals, is to create an action plan. 2017 New Year’s Resolutions will be very easy to break if you don’t have an action plan. Once creating your goal list, look at each goal individually and create a plan of how you are going to accomplish that goal. The reason that this is so important, is it holds you accountable. Anyone can make a list of things they want to do or achieve in life. What’s important is how you plan to achieve that goal. You need to have a game plan to ensure your success. For example: If my goal is to learn another language; I need to create an action plan on how I am going to accomplish that goal. My action plan would consist of, taking a class, buying cd’s, studying, having a buddy to speak that language with. Etc. Remember my favorite quote: Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance!
Make Goals Visible
Post your goals somewhere that you will see them often. You can do this in your home and at your workplace, even in your car! Life is busy and full of distractions. Hold yourself accountable and don’t allow yourself to fail because of all the distractions. Having your goals posted where you can see them daily is a great reminder! I would also keep your action plan close by, and review it often. Evaluate yourself and how you are doing, and see if you need to tweak your action plan to ensure success.
You can do this! Be your biggest fan and don’t let anyone stand in your way of achieving your goals and dreams. With hard work, dedication, and discipline you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Most importantly, know that you are worthy! Worthy of success and happiness. Make 2017 your year! Don’t let anything stand in your way. Don’t give up on yourself.
I am going to close with a quote by Mr. Theodore Roosevelt: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end of the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Wishing you a prosperous, successful, and blessed 2017!