New Year resolutions rarely stick. We all know that.
But I come from the “why not at least try” tribe.
I like knowing I’m still stepping to the plate and still swinging for the fences. (Note to self: Lou, you’re not a baseball fan and should really stop this metaphor run.)
On that note, I’ve come up with my goals and resolutions for 2017.
And I’m sharing them here because one thing I know about myself? I need some form of accountability. Since I work for myself now and don’t have a “boss” to report to, I feel the need to commit to these goals to someone. So you, my friend, are the stand-in.
Lots of Goals = Not Best Practice
You’ll see, the goal and resolution lists are a bit on the long side. Not exactly best practice.
I used to spend a lot of time fine-tuning my list, trying to boil it down to the few essentials… the “must goals.” I don’t do that anymore.
I realized that I’m the kind of person who likes setting lots of goals, seeing a long list at the beginning of the year, and then working it out throughout the year.
Some will fall off. Some will get adjusted as priorities naturally shift. And some will be home runs (there I go again with the baseball stuff).
I don’t stress about this anymore. Life’s too short for all that stress. And there are real things in the world to get stressed about.
As long as the most important ones on my list are moving forward, then I’m good to go.
Stating the Goals in Past Tense
One of the things that worked well for me last year was writing my goals in past tense.
I started a page that said “In 2016, I…” and listed the handful of things I would like to be able to have achieved by the end of the year.
Then I printed the page in really large font and tacked it on my bulletin board so I can see it every day.
I’m following the same practice this year, so here’s a view of my printed sheet. (Please keep in mind what I said above about the length of my list.)
In 2017, I…
- Launched the Your Work Matters campaign and ran it the entire year. *
- Wrote the outline and did the research for my next book project (tentatively about doing work that matters).
- Fleshed out and fully developed the Break Free methodology *
- Created and beta-tested two workshops from the Break Free methodology *
- Developed a DIY workbook from the workshops
- Ate more vegetables *
The items marked with asterisks are the most important ones for me, as I write this list in January.
Resolutions = Habits I Want to Embody
My definition of resolutions are the habits that I would like to practice going forward. Usually, that means I’m replacing not-so-good habits with better ones. Or reinforcing the ones I’d like to keep and strengthen.
Also, I try to work out the habits that will support the achievement of my goals (see above). So, if I did this right, I should make good headway with the goals.
Here’s my (long) list for 2017, with the most important ones again marked with an asterisk.
Consistency.* This means writing every day. Sticking to my publishing schedules for posts on the blog and elsewhere, and the weekly Sunday digests.
More creation, less consumption.* This is living by my previous birthday resolution: I measure my life by what I create. This means focusing on turning my ideas into fruition. This means writing projects, book projects, workshop projects.
More bold, less afraid of people’s opinions.* More than at any other time in my life, the last couple of years have been marked by my tentativeness on some projects because of fear of what other people might say. I want to work on this more deliberately this year. This means being afraid and doing it anyway. This means focusing on who I’m serving and not too much on the “haters”.
More active physically.* Writing is a lot of sitting down in front of the computer or notepad. I’ve seen my physical activities plummet dramatically since 2013 when I quit the corporate treadmill. I need to do a better job getting up from my desk. This means more walking. I’m also going to try that whole standing-while-you-work thing.
Eating healthier.* I’ve done a good job of reducing processed food in my diet. This is about continuing with that effort and eating more vegetables. Cooking more but this is the challenge!
Right. Did you notice, all of them were marked with asterisks? They’re all important for me right now. Ugh.
I won’t stress about it. Instead, I’ll trust in my ability to make things happen for myself. And I’ll see what happens.
Thank you for allowing me to commit to my goals with you. I’ll re-visit this with you mid-year for some progress report.
What’s On Your Mind:
Do you have goals or resolutions you’d like to commit to and could use a bit of accountability for motivation? Write them down in the comments section below and let’s be each other’s support system.