2019: It can be better than your last.

If anyone’s 2018 was anything like mine, then you’re probably excited and motivated about 2019 like I am. My 2018 was filled with accomplishments, but I’ll be honest and say I still was not impressed with 2018. Yet, I am still looking forward to the new year and all that it has to offer. If you’re not looking forward to this year, then I urge you to take some time to evaluate what happened in 2018 to make it a less than memorable or successful year. Do not focus on what happened to you that was bad, uncomfortable, or embarrassing. Rather, focus on your response in those moments. See, here is the thing that I learned: Bad things will always happen-year-after-year. In fact, some of my best years had some of my worst moments.  Over the years, I have realized that my year is better when I set goals and decide what I want that year. When I make a declaration to have a great year…I have a great year. Bad things happen, but I stay determined to have a good year. I stay focus. I love goal setting but I realize some people hate it. Because one of my goals this year is to blog more, I decided to share the approach I take to goal setting. 🙂

Because a goal without a plan is just a wish, here is my method to setting new year resolutions. Please keep in mind that I do not always achieve all of my goals, but I always achieve most of my goals. I trust my method and I invite you to try it this year.

If you are not motivated by the new year, I encourage you to do the following:

  1. Write down everything that you want to happen this year. Do not only write down the things that you think are likely to happen or that is reasonable. List everything that you want to happen this year. Think big.
  2. Under each thing you want to happen, write down why you want it to happen. If you don’t know why, then don’t write it down.
  3. Identify the things on the list that you can make happen. For example, you have control to earn more income, you have control to read more books, etc. For every thing that you can control, list five (5) things you can do to achieve your goal this year.
  4. For every thing you cannot control, i.e., helping a loved one improve their health, revisit why you wanted to achieve the goal and list five (5) things you can do to achieve your why. For example, I want John to be in better health because I want to spend more time with him. You may dedicate more time through-out the year to spend more time with John.

Keep the list handy and refer to it at least once a month. Obviously, the goal is to keep your goals in the forefront of your mind. This will encourage you to work regularly to achieve your goals. Also, I find that this exercise puts your values in perspective. You end up creating a map that leads to the things you want and a guide on how to get there. I truly believe that there is power in writing something down.

If you try it, please let me know! I’d love to read/hear your take on my method.

 

Until next time,

DP

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