It’s a new year! Is it time for a new you? Every ad on television and radio capitalizes on telling us that we need to purchase new cars, new homes, new diets, and new clothes. They tell is it’s time to throw away the old and start over again. Most of us set goals (or resolutions) before the beginning of the new year planning for bigger and better things in the year to come.
I have written several blogs on goal setting and their importance in your life. Every goal should be realistic, attainable and have an end date. As we’ve discussed before, a goal without a date is just a dream!
“A dream doesn’t become a reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Colin Powell
Today I would like to discuss personal goals. Many of us, myself included, are faithful about setting goals for our business, but we tend to neglect ourselves while striving for success in our professional lives. Let’s think about it for a moment, and I think you will agree with me – we neglect our diet, exercise schedule and sleep schedule to work towards professional success.
I have decided that 2017 is the year to get my life back in order. I need to eat healthier and lose some weight, exercise more, purge some things from my house and adopt the rule “one new thing in the house, one old thing out.” I also plan to schedule a half of a day per week to focus just on me. I used to do just that, before marriage and children and life got in the way. I would start EVERY morning out with an hour of exercise and spend Saturday mornings polishing my nails, reading a book or enjoying breakfast and shopping with a friend.
If you had the opportunity to work on a “new you” for 2017, what would place on your list? Would you spend more time with family and friends? Would you join a gym or use the equipment you already own but you have sitting in the corner of your spare room? Would you learn to cook healthier? Would you plan a romantic getaway with your spouse?
“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we out to walk through the rooms of our lives….not looking for flaws, but for potential.” Ellen Goodman
The choices are endless. But, just like your professional goals, you need to write them down, visualize them on a vision board, and work on them to meet them.
I placed a meme’ on my Facebook page on the 31st of December. It is a quote by Brad Paisley that states, “that stated, “Tomorow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.” What will you write in your book in 2017?”
The choice is yours. You can keep doing what you’ve always done, and on December 31, 2017, find yourself in the same place you are today, or, you can set goals for yourself and work diligently during 2017 to meet your goals. The choice is yours.
Also, I am looking for an accountability partner. I feel like working with someone to keep me focused and on track is just what I need to be able to write a success blog at the end of the year. Can you imagine the incredible feeling of success 12 months from now when you have met your personal goals for 2017?
My challenge to you this week is the following:
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. The type of life you want to live is completely up to you. Take a few minutes to decide what changes you want to make in 2017. Write them down. Visualize them. Believe in them. And, work to meet those goals. Good luck!
Have an incredible week!
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