As at the date of publication (7.03.16), it’s the 67th day of 2016. How is this even possible??
I’m not one for setting New Year’s resolutions (outside of writing my prayer requests), but I think it’s a good idea to set goals. From previous experience, October/November is a good time to start thinking about the forthcoming year. So why I am saying this in March? Well, 2015 flew by so quickly for me. It felt like I didn’t really get a hold of everything I wanted to do and that feeling went straight into 2016.
I decided to take hold of my year so that 2016 doesn’t end in the same way for me. Below are some of the thought processes I had.
* It’s not too late
Even though 66 days have already gone in 2016, it’s so amazing that there are still 299 left for this year. Look at the numbers, the second number is clearly bigger. This means it’s not too late to set goals and intentions for your 2016. There’s ample time to try so many things.
* You are the only obstacle in your way
“I’m too busy.” “My children need me.” “There’s no time.” “I’m too tired.”
If these ‘reasons’ sound familiar, then know that you’re not alone. However, it’s easy to keep saying these reasons until they actually become obstacles that prevent you from moving forward. Once I accepted that I was using my “lack of time” and “general busyness” as excuses, I realised that these were obstacles that I’d put in my way to help me procrastinate. (Yes I said “help”.)
* Start today, start anywhere
If you don’t want to keep procrastinating your plans/goals for 2016, all you have to do is start today, and start anywhere. It does not matter where because the choice is yours.
Whatever your goal (losing weight; starting a blog; turning your hobby into a business or looking for a new job), put pen to paper and start the planning process. It creates an intention and from there, more ideas can flow. Don’t let your good ideas and goals for 2016 sit in your head. It will be harder to visualise them.
Taking that first step is always going to be a good idea. Once you’ve started, you can move on from there.
* Little drops make an ocean
If your goal for 2016 seems too big, it’s possible that it may put you off. However, if you break down this big goal into many smaller goals, it becomes more manageable. Make sure that these smaller goals are time-measured and always keep everything under review.
* You can only try
At the end of 2016, where do you want to be? If you write off your year now, you may be ok come 31 December 2016, but, you won’t know what would have happened because you did not try.
If you start thinking and planning now, at the end of 2016, you will have more experiences that would have made you stronger and wiser. If things work out as planned, great. If things didn’t quite work out and your main goal still seems out of reach, don’t despair. By trying, you will have learnt ways that didn’t work, and will probably know what you can do better/differently next time, to try and achieve a successful outcome.
I’ll end this post with one of my favourite quotes from Henry Ford:
“Failure is the opportunity to intelligently begin again”.
Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear your experiences of your journey to setting and achieving your goals. Please comment below.