As 2017 is fast approaching, my mind has been reeling with everything I’d love to accomplish in the New Year. I’m a confessed serial goal setter, and barely ever see them to completion. I bet I’m not alone.
I love making New Years Resolutions. I love the feeling of a brand new beginning, and I love taking the time to jot down what I’d like to do, see, and conquer in the new year!
But, how do I…well…we ?…make measurable goals that we can keep and actually get to check off our to do list at the end of the year?
Well, I went to “All-Knowing” Pinterest to find out, and I’ve got the answers for you here! So, let’s get started on our New Years Resolutions/Goals for 2017, & make it our best year yet!
5 Essential Elements of Goals:
I began searching for ways to set goals on Pinterest for the New Year. Why is it that some goals are attainable, while others fall to the wayside? Why are some people successful in reaching goals, when I’m not?
Well, what I learned, is that you have to make SMART goals…
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, & Time Bound
Specific: What Exactly Do You Want To Accomplish?
I’ve heard this a million times, but it holds some truth. The more specific your goals are, the more likely you’ll accomplish them.
Write down specifically what you’d like to accomplish. Putting your goals on paper gives them validity, and makes it easier to focus on the specifics of how to “get ‘r done”! ?
Achievable: How Will You Track Your Progress?
Now that you’ve put your goals on paper, how do you plan to monitor your progress? What works best for you?
Do you like to journal your progress, or make a progress chart? Will you check your progress every week, every month, or every day?
I like to keep a list of goals and resolutions in my Erin Condren Life Planner, and reference them often. I try to focus on one goal at a time, instead of all of them at once.
And, if it’s something that involves lifestyle change, I try to give myself enough time to create positive habits revolving around that goal, before adding something else to focus on.
Achievable: What Steps Do You Need To Take Toward That Goal?
Not only is it important to write down our goals and plan a process to track our progress toward seeing them through, but it’s also equally important to make those goals acheivable so we can experience success.
This step in particular I stink at. ? In the same list of goals I have…go to Ireland, Disney, & the Caribbean…oh, and save a 3 month emergency fund…in the same year. While I’d love to do all these exciting things, I have to have a plan if I’d like to achieve any of them in a 12 Month span.
We’ve been trying to save a sizable emergency fund for a rainy day for…hmmm ?… 5 years now??!! How embarrassing. Why have we failed?! Ummm, cause other things come up. Like car troubles, home maintenance issues, a 2 week long road trip through New England! ? You know…priorities. ?
In order for us to reach our goals and aspirations, we have to make them small enough to achieve. Don’t throw yourself into a tizzy trying to attain the impossible. But, also realize how much you’re willing to sacrifice and put in to making your dreams a reality, and then go after it. Which leads me to the next step…
Relevant: Why Are These Goals Important To You?
In order for us to have the passion and drive to put our “pedal to the medal” and go after our goals with a vengeance, they have to mean something to us. And, at times, when the going gets tough, they have to mean a whole lot to us in order for us not to throw in the towel.
What is it that’s driving your goals? Is it the desire to get healthy, to have more freedom in your finances, to get out and explore the world?
Speaking from personal experience, sometimes the goals ththat mean the most to us, can be the hardest to achieve and often require the most effort.
Try not to get discouraged. There’s no failing here. Just pull yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again. This is the only life we get, so let’s make it count.
Time Bound: When Do You Want To Accomplish Your Goal? What Can You Do Today?
Putting a time frame on your goals, can give them a little more validity and keep you on track.
This is a part of goal making that I sometimes don’t implement, and when I don’t, for sure that goal doesn’t get done. So, for that reason, I definitely see the importance in setting deadlines and sticking to a timeline.
Now let’s move on to the fun part…
Let’s put some pen to the paper, and write out our New Years Resolutions/Goals for 2017, shall we?!
I look forward to this every year, I have to say! There’s just something about writing down what I’d like to see happen in the New Year and making a plan, that drives me! But, then again I’m a planner and a dreamer. If this seems overwhelming, let me help you…
Blueprint For Resolutions:
I found this Blueprint for Resolutions on Pinterest a couple of years ago, and it’s my absolute favorite tool to use when goal setting!
First, let’s start with a Focus…
One year, my focus was Carpe Diem:Learning to Seize the Day. That year ended up being My Pre-Baby Bucket List Busting Year. It was epic!
This year, my focus was on Redeeming the Time. I wanted to focus on conquering my laziness ?, and spend each day organizing my house and focusing on my health. I did pretty good earlier in the year, but everything kinda went haywire near the end. But, that’s ok. It’s time for a fresh start! Right?!
So, my focus for 2017 came to me the other night while I was driving. This year I want to focus on the Building Blocks: Building A Solid Foundation. I think we were out shopping for Lego’s for the kids for Christmas…and I was thinking about how much fun they are…and then one thing led to another…and voila my new focus!
I want to focus on building a good foundation in many areas…like finances, my health, my marriage, my blog, my sense of adventure, and my need to just plain get organized. All of which I believe will build a better foundation for our future family, not to mention help me keep my sanity. ?
Next, it’s time to put that Focus into action by making goals related to 6 Categories…Family, Home, Health, Money, Work, & Your Calling/Faith.
Remember to make these goals acheivable and time sensitive. Write them out in steps if need be, and get excited about checking them off. Before you know it, you’ll be goal-busting! ?
And, then last bust not least, think about these additional specific items…
A Habit to Make; A Habit to Break; A Skill to Master; A Book to Read (or) A Hobby to Try; & Somewhere New To Go…
Oh goodness. Usually when I start this process, my list of goals is so long, it feels like it’s going to take forever to complete them all. But with this Blueprint Tool, I’m able to focus on what’s really important for me to accomplish through the year. Everything else that I achieve afterwards is a bonus!
So let’s see, a habit to make…how about the same one I’ve had the last 2 years! Include daily excercise into my routine. ? Within this goal are mini goals like: complete the 8 week PiYo challenge; try kickboxing; be in the top 10 cyclers at the CycleBar; etc.
A Habit to Break…. how about not eating out so much?! Ouch! That one kinda stings. I love eating out, and having my food brought to me, not having to cook or clean up afterwards, and going home with a full belly and a clean kitchen. But, neither my budget, nor my cholesterol ?, is going to tolerate it much longer. ?
My mini goals here include, trying 10 new recipes from Pinterest; implementing Clean Eating in our home; learning how to use the Vitamix; etc.
A Skill to Master, well that’s easy…blogging!! There’s so much I need to learn still, including how to send newsletters; using Pinterest to drive traffic; how to take better blog photos; how to use social media affectively; and so much more! See lots of mini goals to focus on!
A Book to Read…oiy! Nursing school kinda ruined reading for me. I’ll have to think about this one. ? So, I tweaked it a little bit. How about trying a new hobby/activity you’ve been wondering about?!
And, finally, Somewhere New To Go. I’ll start small with a trip within our own state, to Traverse City or Pictured Rocks…both of which we’ve never been. Unbelievable, I know! It’s a tragedy, really! ?
But, our sense of adventure has been ignited ever since our Road Trip to New England, so therefore a few other new places I’d like to visit have been added to the Bucket List. Places like…Disney World before we have kids; the turquoise waters of the Caribbean; the Grand Canyon; Viva Las Vegas; the California Coast; New York New York; Paris; London; Ireland…and the list goes on! Who knows what adventures await us this year?!
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling empowered and excited! I’m ready to welcome this New Year and get crack-ilackin’ on these goals.
Here’s a few more New Years Resolution/Goal Writing Inspiration compliments of Pinterest…
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