Sooo, right about this time of year, I start to hear rumblings of overwhelm and frustration over those New Year’s goals that everyone was so excited about just a few short weeks ago. But success doesn’t have to be elusive.
I’m here to tell you that you can do it! And to ask you to please don’t give up. If those plans that you wrote down with a newfound hope in your heart are what you really want, don’t give up.
I know you already know about making realistic goals that are specific and actionable, so I’m not going to beat that horse. But, I do want to give you some questions to consider as you move forward in 2016.
- Why did you include each goal? In other words, are these your dreams or just something that you think you should do.
- Are you trying to make too many changes at once? If so, start small. You have all year.
- Or, are you making too drastic of changes at once? Pick one area to focus on, then introduce one small change at a time until it becomes habit.
- Do your goals align with your priorities in life? Really take the time to decide what is important to you, and if your goals don’t align with your priorities, change them.
- Do you have anyone who can help you stay on track? Sharing your goals with a spouse, friend, Facebook group, or mastermind group and checking in with each other will go a long way in keeping you accountable.
- Did you write down your goals? Good. That’s the first step. Be sure to include those goals in your monthly and weekly to-do lists. But, let me say this: while writing down your goals does increase your chances at success, it doesn’t change circumstances. You have to change in order to see results. So, be sure to reckon with those things if you want to see real change in your life. My personal approach toward inner growth is prayer, talking to Mr. Hines or sharing with my small group at church, and sometimes making an appointment with a counselor.
- Are you acknowledging your progress? I sure hope so, because Tweet: Progress is progress, no matter how small. – Sharon Hines
- How will you feel if you give up? Imagine your life without accomplishing your goals. Do you feel relief? Or disappointment? Use your gut instincts to guide your decisions and help you rewrite your goals.
- How will you feel if you stick with your goals? Again, imagine your life at the end of 2016 with a list of achievements. Would feel regret? or rewarded? Would the work be worth it?
The Secret to Your Success
Once you have the answers to those questions, I want you to:
- Adjust your goals if necessary. This may mean getting rid of some goals, editing others and adding new ones.
- Set yourself up for success, starting with your home because, as you know, I believe success in life starts at home. I’ve created a Free Printable Home Assessment to help you evaluate each room in your home and measure it against your goals and lifestyle.
While it is tempting to try to do it all at once during “organizing season”, that is not the goal. You’re not on anyone’s calendar but your own. So, take your time.
I am actually assessing my home, too, and have plans to go through each room with intention and innovation (each of my words for 2016). Since the bathroom is where we start and end each day, I decided to begin there starting inside the bathroom cabinets.
It was very frustrating having products either fall out onto the floor or that were hard to find, often wasting time I could have spent actually getting dressed. But, I’m getting ahead of myself…
I will give you a tour of the bathroom cabinet organization so far (a.k.a. phase 1) as well as share my inspiration for bathroom cabinet styling and organization later this week.
In the meantime, create a “Home” category for your 2016 goals. Then, each month, pick a room to focus on, writing monthly goals based on your Home Assessment (print one for every room that you assess). Then, write down your monthly goals with weekly tasks and daily to-dos in your personal planner.
- Creating Success at Home Printable Tool Kit, a part of my Resource Library, free with your email subscription. Subscribe here.
See you in class,