Happy New Year! I have missed you while on blogcation! My plan for this post was to review 2013 and write up my 2014 goals. But, this is so much better! I found out my friend, Ashley, has made an awesome resolution and I asked her to share it with you all! In her awesomeness, she has gone above and beyond simply writing a guest post for me! Read on to see what she has in store for you--my readers!
It’s that time of year again. You know the routine. You come up with a resolution, get enthusiastic about it for a few weeks, then give up. You might have even gotten to the point where you don’t bother anymore. That’s where I come in. See, this year, I’ve decided to help other people reach their goals. There are a lot of reasons I have chosen this resolution. I hope that by helping others I will be more humble, more grateful, and more encouraging. This is also a religious experience for me, in all honesty, and I’ve spent many hours in contemplation about it. I can’t achieve my resolution without help, so here’s where you come in (thanks, Christa!).
First, I’m going to give tips on making and achieving resolutions, which I will call goals from here on. I’ll give examples of how to make these steps work. And then I’ll have a surprise at the end. Are you with me?
Step One- Name It
What is it that you want? Define your goals with specific names. Begin your written goal with “I will …”
I will lose weight.
Step Two- Measure It
Every goal must be measurable. Otherwise, how will you know if you have achieved it? Some goals are harder to measure than others, so you might have to get creative.
I will increase my earnings by $10,000.
Step Three- Plan It
Here is where a lot of goals fall apart. We have great intentions, begin with enthusiasm, and then life happens. Our goals are set in the ideal world and we forget to plan for those speed bumps. So here I want you to define the actions you will take towards your goal and a contingency plan.
I will complete a new project every 21 days by scheduling time directly into my planner. I will begin new projects as soon as one is completed to allow time for larger ones.
Step Four- End It
When will you accomplish your goal? If it is an on-going one like eating healthier, schedule some flex time. Otherwise, give a specific date.
I will cut back on smoking by one half pack per week by walking during my work breaks. I will chew gum during strong cravings. I will be a non-smoker by May 7.
Share your goals with friends and family. That alone will help you stay on track by creating a support network and making you accountable to someone besides yourself.
My goal is to help 11 people reach their New Year’s goals this year. I will pick from the lovely readers of Mom, Paper, Scissors, so comment below with your goals. Make sure you use your regular email address so I can contact you. We’ll be following up throughout the year!
See? Isn't she awesome?! Ashley, thank you so much for contributing to Mom, Paper, Scissors!! I will for sure be helping, as well! Readers, I cannot wait to see what your goals are! There will be some surprises for those picked, so make sure to comment below with your new year goals or resolutions!! (And like she sad, don't forget to add your email that you check most often so that Ashley can contact you!)
Happy New Year, readers and friends! Let's make this our best year yet!!