Good Morning, friends! Welcome to 2017! There is something so refreshing about the fact that we get a fresh start each year. Personally, I am glad that 2016 is over. I spent the first half of the year trying to figure out what I wanted to do “when I grow up”. My whole life, I have always worked multiple jobs and had a side hustle or two going on. I am ready to focus on some goal setting for 2017.
As I have wrote in previous posts, I was letting my job take over my life and began to feel lost. I felt like I needed a sense of purpose. I love my job, at least most of the time, and I love my family. However, I knew that I was called to do bigger and better things. It took a serious health issue in my family to really make me take a closer look at my life. I like to take the week between Christmas on New Year’s to focus on what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year.
Fast forward to today and I am so happy that I had that wake up call. Several months ago, I decided to finally start this blog. It has been a dream of mine for years and it was about time I made it a reality. I also discovered an amazing company called Beautycounter and decided to start my own business. Their mission to create safer skin care and beauty products was so impressive, that I knew I had to join the movement. There will be more about their products and their mission very soon.
I am really at a good place, but there is so much that I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. I have received messages from friends and complete strangers alike on the work that I am doing on this blog and the impact I am having on others. That is why I knew I had to start this blog. I have learned so much from my life and have so much to share. We are only getting started!
With so much running through my head these days, I know that it can become very easy to lose focus. I read The 4 Disciplines of Execution several years back and it was such a life changing read. The book talks about how it is so easy to get stuck in your “whirlwind” and really not accomplish anything outside of your typical scope of work. I can attest to that fact and have fallen victim to my whirlwind on more than one occasion.
I am also not big on making resolutions. My belief is that you should always have goals that you are striving to crush and you should not need a new year to light a fire under your ass. So many do not end up sticking with their resolutions anyway, so I really do not see the point. The attendance at the gym the first two weeks of January versus the last two is proof that resolutions do not tend to work.
So, why am I writing a post about goals when I am sitting here telling you that resolutions do not work? Well, I have been following an exercise for the last several years and have really found it effective in helping me create goals and an area of focus. It has worked so well, that I now have my family on board.
Simplifying Goals with One Word
Rather than creating a resolution, I pick a word that I want to focus on for the upcoming year. The goals that I set over the course of the year should somehow be related to that word. If you are really crafty and creative, which I am neither, you can even create a vision or dream board that focuses on that word. If you have never tired this, I really encourage you to start thinking about your word today. I know that you can crush some major goals, just like I have confidence that I will do the same.
So, are you curious about what my word is? It probably is not much of a surprise to anyone, but my word for 2017 is INSPIRE. I want to inspire myself to step outside my comfort zone and inspire my children to live life to the fullest. I want to inspire others through this new community I have created.
In order to stay focused on my word, each day I am going to come up with one activity that relates to my word. That task could be having a conversation with my daughter about her aspirations or inspiring myself by trying something new.
So, now that I shared my outlook on the new year, what are some things you plan to focus on in 2017? Yes, it is okay if you are still a fan of resolutions. As long as you are striving to be the best version of yourself, you are all good in my book!