Happy New Year!

S.M.A.R.T goals

As we begin 2018, it is time to start over with new dreams and new goals. It is a time to review what we wrote last year, see what goals we met and those that we didn’t. Do we know why didn’t we meet those goals?  I frequently write about the importance of goal setting. I think that it is irresponsible to not have goals in place for your business and your personal life. Without goals, how do you know where you are in life?

“Each New Year, we have before us a brand new book containing 365 blank pages.  Let us fill them with all the forgotten things from last year – the words we forgot to say, the love we forgot to show, and the charity we forgot to offer.” Peggy Toney Horton

During the month of January every year, we are reminded of sticking to our “New Year’s Resolutions.” Every commercial on TV tells us that we need to join a gym, buy a weight loss program through Weight Watchers, buy a new car, or have fun on a Caribbean cruise. What are your personal goals for 2018?

As I sat down to work on my goals last month, I was overwhelmed with the number of goals I met, but there were still several left incomplete. I was careful to work on my professional goals last year, but I wasn’t good about working on my personal goals, so I am calling 2018 “The Year of Cindy.”  I don’t have a big birthday or a class reunion this year, but I need to look inside myself and really work on some areas that need improvement.

My life took a drastic turn in December when my brother suffered a massive stroke. Strokes are prevalent in our family. A stroke took my mom in 2004 and several of her siblings have suffered strokes. We always joke about getting in better shape and stopping the “Nyberg family curse”, but until now,  I’ve never really done anything about it. By declaring 2018 “The Year of Cindy”, it is time to eliminate some of the risk factors for stroke and work on some self-improvement goals that I have set for myself.

So what are my goals for 2018? My personal goals are the following;

  1.  Read a minimum of 10 pages per day, every day. I was asked by Josh Bach to join his 2018 challenge. I used to read constantly, and then one day I stopped. I have a stack of books I want to read in 2018 and every day, I will work on the goal of reading those books, 10 pages or more at a time.
  2. Use my gym membership.  I am like millions of Americans who own a gym membership but do not use it. This year I plan to get my money’s worth at the gym, attending 3-4 times per week, every week.
  3. Purge the excess from my life. We all accumulate stuff. I’ve lived in my house 31+ years and during that time, we really have kept a lot of “stuff” we don’t need. I would like to purge 1 bag per week of unnecessary things from my life.
  4. Live Frugally. I am by nature a frugal person, but sometimes I get away from that lifestyle and start spending money on things that aren’t necessary. I ate out more often in 2017, and I’m sure that the restaurant industry appreciated it, but I love to cook and my goal this year is to see how healthy I can cook and how frugally I can do it.
  5. Spend more time with my husband. I’m smiling as I write this because this is one goal that is on my personal goal list every year. Our lives are so busy that we have to pencil in time with each other, whether its an evening at home, driving to IU for a ballgame or planning a few getaways. When our children were young, we had every excuse in the book not to go away for a few days, but now, with the boys grown and out of the house, we don’t have an excuse. I want to schedule 3-4 getaways this year, one every quarter.

My challenge for you this week is the following:

Schedule a time to sit down and finish your goal planning. Make sure you set personal and professional goals. They should be S.M.A.R.T. goals meaning they should be specific, manageable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. Place them where you can look at them every day. Next week, we can talk about professional goals.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there!”  T. Roosevelt

Have a blessed week!



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