Happy, happy Monday, my sweet friends! I hope you’re having a great start to the new year. I know there’s a lot of memes going around about the preview 2021 has given us, but listen, at the end of the day, we are in control of our own lives. If there’s a few things 2020 taught me it was to focus on the things I can control, put in the work regardless of the events happening in the world, and to give it my best. I wholeheartedly believe in pursuing the highest version of myself in order to present myself in the best way possible to this world.
Having said that, in order to impact the world in a positive manner – guess what? It begins with the hard work on oneself. It begins at home, which then trickles down to family, and then friends. Slowly, but surely, it rolls over to the community, and hence, the world. We can only tackle so much, and if one thing proves to be true is, it begins with oneself. What I mean is, never stop working on yourself. After all, the best project you’ll ever work on is…you guessed it…yourself. (By the way, that’s an old quote I read a while back at the gym 😉 And I couldn’t agree more.)
So now the question is, “What can I do to improve this new year?” The answer is quite simple, it depends on you.
On our way to our hometown this past weekend, the hubby and I went through an exercise to create our goals. Last year, we began discussing the goals we wanted to accomplish as a couple, however, discussing the goals wasn’t enough. We needed them in writing so we did just that. He drove and I took notes about each life category. Below are the categories we set goals for:
- Physical Health
- Personal & Spiritual Growth
- Career & Business
- Travel and Fun
If you are interested in goal setting, use the above categories, or think of some that are relevant to your life. Once you’ve determined the categories, write one, or two, or three goals under each category. (Remember – it all depends on you.) Next, ask yourself, “How am I going to measure each goal?” After all, you want to accomplish these goals, right? For this step, you’ll have to decide if you need to share your goals with someone that will help you stay on track. This, my friend, is called accountability.
In order to hold yourself accountable, set reminders on your phone to do daily, weekly, and/or monthly check-ins with yourself. If you must, add an event to your calendar to take action on each goal. For example, if you are set on going to the gym, add it to your calendar. Set the date and time, including an alert, and follow through.
When the going gets tough, remember it’s the baby steps that count. As long as you’re doing something every single day to reach your goal, is what matters. (This could mean setting stricter boundaries, learning how to stay organized, and essentially, learning how to keep the promises to yourself.)
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”– Robert Collier
Well, that’s a wrap for today. I really hope this blog post sparked some interest in writing your goals down, coming up with a plan, and determining how you’ll get there. As always, if you have any questions, or insight, feel free to comment below, message me on Instagram, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ps. In case you missed last week’s blog post, I’ll link it here. It’s all about our recent trip to Colorado.