Way back in 2010 when the internet was still weird, I posted an overambitious blog post about my New Year’s Resolutions.
Although I didn’t check everything off of the list, I did feel accountable once it was out there.
2010 also happened to be the year I started my company, Conversations, so I’ve always reflected on this post as “the very beginning” of building the life and career that I wanted – one positive step at a time.
This year, instead of outlining my own resolutions, I talked to some of the people who inspire me the most and found out what they’ve got planned for the upcoming year….
So far my plans are twofold : To Do Good Work, and to Do Good.
Do Good Work: I’m proud of the work I’ve done this year, and the companies I’ve helped so I want to continue that. I plan to do the best work of my career.
Do Good: I’m setting up a new company that produces paper goods (to start) that gives at least 23% of the profits (sometimes more) to arts & community projects. It’s going to be called Two&21 (the two letters in the alphabet that correspond to B and U (Be you).
Revolutions, not resolutions!
I’m going to stop using words I don’t mean and be more impeccable with how I address people “Just,” “I’m so bad at this,” “sorry,” and the worst one of all: “I think.”
I took a few minutes and thought about the things which when I do them cost me dearly by being huge drains of energy. And I am simply making a commitment (as much as possible) to no longer do things that zap my energy and take a considerable amount of time to recharge.
Here’s few items on my “No Longer Doing It” list:
- Using email/phone, ipad/computer after arriving home
- Working weekends
- Late night flights
- Listening to or participating in conversations which are negative, judgemental or critical about others
I plan to list 10 things that I want to accomplish in 2017, and then describe the actions that lead to those goals.
I will sign up for Michael Hyatt’s BYE course and do all the exercises.
That’s how I hit my marks in 2016.
For me, 2017 will be all about personal growth.
Between having my daughter 2 years ago and running my business every day 24/7, I haven’t focused on myself or taken care of myself like I should. Being a fitness professional, I have maintained exercise and healthy eating, but I’m talking about mental and spiritual growth in 2017. I have already started by finding a women’s center that focuses on growth, healing and positive surroundings and I will be attending my first class on Friday!
By visualizing lots of $$$
I currently work a fulltime gig with a set salary and realize that it is currently impossible for me to accomplish my financial goals (paying off credit card & dental debt) while still having money leftover for saving & spending. By visualizing all the ways I can use my skills and current projects to bring in more cash flow, I’ve gained confidence in my abilities to make this happen. Now I have 2 new clients and have set up new systems for my current projects so that I can be more organized and productive. I was never a morning person, but now before bed I visualize how my morning will be and what my life will be like once I accomplish the goals I set for myself to provide motivation to rise and SHINE!
Got big plans of your own for 2017?
Add them to the comments below!