Happy 2018 friends, it has been awhile but I am so happy to be back. I wanted to check in with you guys in regards to your New Years Resolutions or goals that you have set for your self and or your family.
I don’t know about you, when it comes to resolutions, usually by mid January I have either approached them diligently or I have completely forgotten about them and moved on. According to the Huffington Post, 40% of Americans make resolutions and only about 8% actually keep them. Those statistics are staggering so I feel like there is a much better approach to the whole resolution making idea.
Looking back at 2017, choosing not to make any resolutions and failing to make any goals for myself or my family, was not a good idea at all. So in November I really started thinking about how I was going to approach 2018 as well as how to make some changes in how I set goals. Notice I said goals and not resolutions, attaching those goals to what is important to me and my family. In order to have any kind of direction in my life I felt it was best to set short term goals and visit them often.
1 – I ordered the 2018 Powersheets, Cultivate What Matters, the intentional goal planner from Gilmore Global @cultivatewhatmatters.com to help me with this whole goal setting idea.
2 – Sat down and went through that planner to read and think ahead as to what my goals were for the upcoming year and really thinking about what matters to me and my family. Cultivating what matters most to me is first on my list for the year. What matters to me may look totally different than what matters to you and you really have to look inward.
3 – One suggestion to help with goal setting is to choose your word for the year, my word is “simplicity”. Do you choose a word for the year?
4 – Looking through the last year and noting what worked and didn’t work is part of the process.
5 – Not setting goals based on what others are doing, remembering that “comparison is the thief of joy”.
There are prompts in the planner to aide you in your journey to goal setting and making things happen. It ask questions about you and things you love, things you are grateful for and if your like me some of those questions may be hard to answer at first because as women we are generally thinking about others and not our selves. So far I have really enjoyed sitting down daily and going through the pages of this planner and feel that it was my best purchase of 2017.
When I first opened the planner I found inside a little card that said, “you know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? You should go do them”. All those things that I wanted to do in 2017; blog regularly, diy projects that have sat around for a year, creating family memories , have more dates with my husband, become a better photographer, I plan on doing those things in 2018 in a way that is enough for me.
It is important to celebrate small progress and remember we are not looking for perfection here. I would love it if you have used one of these planners before, if you would chime in and let us know what you think and how it has worked for you since this is my first time using them. Also, if you choose a word for the year, please come back and share it here.
Happy goal planning and remember to “culitvate what matters”.