Without a compelling vision, you will discover there is no reason to go through the pain of change.” ― Brian P. Moran, The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months
I LOVE this time of year! I love the feeling of hope and anticipation and the practice of setting goals. I love reading books to help me reflect and think about what I want and having the whole year ahead of me. To be totally honest though, I could do without this weather. I am a beach girl, through and through!
Before setting goals for 2017, I like to look back at 2016 and give credit for some of the work we did. 2016 was one of transition for me and my family. If you remember, we spent a good bit of 2015 traveling and thought we were going to traveling indefinitely. When we found ourselves back in Oregon to help out with family, we were all caught a bit off guard. In 2016 we settled into routines, pushed ourselves and had fun together!
We moved into a house that fits us and that we can all call home.
I competed in a fitness competition. I didn't place this time around as I did in the last one I feel great about my preparation & getting on stage.
My husband & I are were able to give to a few charities that mean a lot to us.
We got a puppy! Okay, so maybe that one was never a "goal," but it is something that happened that is great fun (most of the time!)
I just read Brian P. Moran's book, The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks and Others Do in 12 Months and highly recommend it. Moran gives you practical steps to achieve more in a 12 week cycle rather than focusing on a year at a time. He says, "“To be truly effective, your daily activity must align with your long-term vision, strategies, and tactics.. In the end, you have greater control over your actions than you do your results. Your results are created by your actions.” I practice this with my daily work outs, but it is such great advice for setting personal goals as well. It is all about the little efforts we make.
He also helps with setting goals and measuring them. Often we set goals and do not measure them or assess our progress. I really loved everything about this book! It is great for business and personal goals!
So here are some of my goals for 2017:
Attend a yoga/meditation retreat. I am an intense person and I know the benefits of yoga, yet it is the one form of exercise I shy away from. I struggle with yoga because my mind goes a million miles a minute. It is a mental challenge for me. Recently I learned how to meditate and it has been LIFE CHANGING!
Write a book. I have been writing content the last few years and I know this is the year I will be putting it into book form. God has lead me on a incredible journey that has had many detours along the way. Through this journey I have grown so much as a wife, mother, daughter, friend, business owner and leader. My business was birthed out of this journey. My ultimate goal is to help women build their confidence.
Learn French. I wanted to learn it while we were there in 2015 but we were able to get around without it. I love the language and think it is beautiful. I will be learning it this year.
Take a five minutes and jot down three things that you got out of 2016. It feels good to see that your work has paid off! What do you want from 2017? And how can I be of help?!