Wednesday, January 1, 2014

You Say You Want A Resolution...

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!!


19 comments:

  1. My goal is to accomplish more daily through being better organized, structured & task oriented. Enabling me to take better care of myself, my children, my husband & home. While flourishing my home business & allowing me to have some solo, personal, private, MNO time, etc.

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    1. Personal time is so important! And we don't always allow ourselves any of it. Great goals!!

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    2. Stephanie-I would like to help you set up some systems to achieve your goals. What is your email address? If you don't want to put it here, you can email e at clynngraham@gmail.com

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  2. My goal this year is to learn at least one thing a month that will help my family live a healthier, more natural lifestyle as well as save us money. :-)

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    1. Great ideas!! What are you working on for January?

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  3. My goal this year is to de-clutter our house and keep it clean and organized. I want to free up time and space in our lives.

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    1. Decluttering physical stuff really helps clear our minds, as well!

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    2. Ashley would like to get in contact with you! What is your email address? If you don't want to share it here, feel free to email me at clynngraham@gmail.com

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  4. 1 Book/Month; 1 New Meal/Month; Say "No" more often :) {I have a teeny issue with over-extending myself sometimes.}

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    1. Reading is something I need to do more, too!!

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    2. I've got something in the works that I think will help with your goals! I'll be in touch :)

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  5. This is a great action plan!

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  6. What a great post and one that I am going to use....thank you for the outline to "push" me in the right direction. We live close to the beach so my one goal that I HAD set was to get to the beach at least once a week. I'm a clay and jewelry artist and have been asked to put some of my work in a new local shop. So excited!! I do have another one that I didn't post and that's to make a lifestyle change of my eating and exercise habits. I'm one of the ancient ones that have had some health issues creep up and I am NOT going to let them pull me down. Your 4 things are going to help me achieve...I just know it!!!

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    1. Ashley would like to get in contact with you. Is the email on your Blogger profile current? (through AOL)

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  7. Awesome post! Great outline that I need to use asap!

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    1. Thank you! I am so glad that Ashley decided to write this!!

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  8. My goal is to take a real vacation with my husband. I only took off 6 days from work last year. :-(

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    1. Oh gosh! I understand, though. My hubby and I have to plan to spend time together, too. What email do you use regularly? If you don't want to share here, feel free to email me at clynngraham@gmail.com :)

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