Christmas is over. Am I the only one who gets an a huge sense of relief washing over me at the sound of that sentence? Look, I am the furthest thing from a “Grinch type”. When it comes to the holiday, I am annoyingly childlike (according to my husband). But when the presents are unwrapped, and the day is drawing to an end, what started out looking like a magical display of eternal joy and hope suddenly turns into exactly what it was all along: mess and clutter.
Ouch. That sounds awful.
See, what happens once Christmas is over, is that I get fixated on the future. I am ready to strut into the New Year with my goals and plans aligned, free of last year’s mess!
Resolutions are a fun way to celebrate starting fresh. But simply declaring you will do something won’t ensure success, you have to have a plan of action on how you are going to achieve said resolution. Today, I urge you to analyze the goals you’re setting for yourself and create a series of stepping stones on just how you will get there! If your goals include fitness, health, mental wellness, financial strides, or making new friends and creating focus and direction in your life, let me know. I might be able to help!
Here is a list of my top 7 goals for 2015, and a couple ideas on how I will achieve each one:
1. Plan, organize, focus. I am going to devise a schedule, mapping out each hour of each day, and what I will expect to get accomplished at such times. Now, I’ve already actually done this. But I allow myself to waiver from it more often than I would like to admit. To ensure I actually stick with it NO MATTER WHAT, I am going to wake up at the same time every day regardless of what time my husband has to wake up, or what time I go to sleep. I’m also going to turn off my phone during my blog “creativity time” to ensure I’m not wasting my energy on reactionary work (i.e. answering messages or responding to emails), but am instead getting things done by my own design.
2. Come into my own as a leader. This is one of my more complex goals, because it involves so many little things. A goal has to be tangible, so saying that I’m going to be a good leader is not specific enough to work towards. Instead, I will say that I plan to help 5 of my new coaches reach diamond level in their businesses, and 30 coaches reach emerald. That is a big undertaking for my current status… but if it doesn’t scare you, then it just isn’t big enough! #Iamscared
3. Be more creative with my fashion. Clearly, I love having a personal style. And I don’t often leave the house in yoga pants unless I have actual plans to do yoga. But I am no stranger to style ruts. I, like many other women, have a closet full of clothes that rarely see the light of day. That doesn’t mean I’m not getting dressed, it means I reach for the same trusty pieces over and over. Enough! I have too many options to be boring. So, I am creating a new series on the blog tentatively called “One Piece Three Ways”. This will help my readers see the value in the clothing that they buy or re-imagine an item that is already in their wardrobe, and it will ensure I’m also challenging myself to design inspired looks!
4. Stop biting my nails. It’s getting ridiculous. I’m too old to have nails that look like a five year old boys. The only way I know how to refrain from doing this effectively, is to get manicures. Because I’m too cheap to bite off paint that I’ve paid for.
5. Live a casually luxurious lifestyle at all costs. I don’t own a private jet, I can’t sip champagne every day, I don’t pay for someone else to come do my chores yet. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t behave in a way that represents the life I’m striving for, rather than the particular life I’m leading currently. Besides, my life is full of little luxuries which I don’t stop to appreciate as often as I should (and I’m willing to bet yours is too). I will achieve this goal by being put together any day that I aim to do business and blog work (which is at least 6 days a week) because I work better when I feel better, and I feel better when I look better. I will drink Shakeology every day NO MATTER WHAT because it helps me to feel amazing from the inside out. And I will give myself time to enjoy coffee and personal development reading every single morning- because it’s something I value. Luxury doesn’t mean rolling around in 100 dollar bills, sparkling like a diamond. It just means making the things that you value, for your personal happiness, a priority.
6. Act the way I feel towards my friends and family. I am guilty of being too busy this past year. Note: busy doesn’t mean productive. In fact, if you’re too busy, you’re probably not working efficiently (which is why goal number one is goal number one). I have always been the queen of procrastination, a title I’m looking to get to rid of, like, yesterday. I’m late sending Birthday cards, I don’t make time for Christmas cards, and I can’t even remember the last time my best friend and I had a phone conversation that went beyond a text just to make sure the other was still breathing. Life is too short for my favorite people to feel like afterthoughts. This year, I am all about not just goal crushing (and, come on now, I am all about goal crushing), but enhancing and deepening the relationships that mean the most to me. That being said, if we’re friends or family and you’re reading this, go ahead and leave me your birthday in the comments below. Unless you enjoy the belated cards. Or, worse, none at all.
7. Drink more water. I drink a good amount of water. But I could drink more. We could all drink more. And it will only do lovely things for our bodies. Let’s do that. Got myself a pretty, blinged out 20oz. cup that I won’t mind carrying EVERYWHERE with me. I am all set to rock this out.
Share your own goals in the comments below and tell me one way you plan to achieve each one!