I had the most amazing New Year’s Day breakfast with my dear friend Cherry. We always get together on New Year’s Eve since we are both single we have been spending every year dreaming, praying and cheering each other on.
Of course we eat amazing food too. Here’s our first meal of 2021, what a beautiful time we shared together.
Have you made your plan for the new year yet? Have you set goals yet?
You might know what you want for your life in the New Year, but you’re afraid to create a plan for that picture.
Finding the courage to create a plan means not listening to that voice inside of you that questions your abilities. This voice can make you fearful of what “might” happen or even tell you that you don’t have the ability to create the life you want.
Don’t let your fears determine what your life will be in the New Year.
You know what you want.
Make your plan and make it happen.
You might be hesitating because you don’t know all the steps of the plan right now. It’s OK if you have some question marks in your plan or areas that you must leave blank for now. What’s most important is that you begin now. This will create the momentum you need to keep going after what you want.
Start by looking at your life.
Decide what it is that you want to be different in the New Year. This might be with improving your health. It might be a change with your career. It might be getting out of debt.
Map out the areas of your life that you want to change.
Decide what it is that’s most important to you. For me, this would be spending more time with family. Look at what’s preventing you from having the time you want and plan what you can let go of or rearrange in order gain that time.
Know where you want to be six months into the New Year.
This might be that you want to lose twenty pounds. Put that in your plan then look at what you have to do in order to achieve that weight loss. One step might be adding an exercise routine to your day or learning how to eat healthier.
When you look forward, you can create a plan to break your overall goal into smaller goals that you achieve as you go along.
Doing this helps you to stay motivated.
Keep in mind that your plans aren’t written in stone. You can make changes if something isn’t working for you. If you dislike the exercise or eating plan you originally decided on, you can switch to a different one.
As you create your plan, consider what could possibly hinder your success.
Create an environment that will support your plan.
If you want to lose weight, clean out your pantry and refrigerator of foods that you might binge on. If you want to spend more time with your children, set an appointment for family time in your daily schedule. This appointment can be something fun like having a game night or making dinner together.
Designing a plan to create the life you want may sound overwhelming. But it’s the surest way to get what you want. When you write down specific goals such as spending one hour a day with your family, the more likely you are to achieve it.
Plan for time to replenish.
This year I have taken a break from social media and have been spending moments away from my computer. The internet can be very addictive and take you off track even when your business is online, it’s super easy to get distracted.
The first day of this year I chose to spend eating the most wonderful breakfast and having beautiful conversation with my dear friend Cherry.
We always feel better when we’ve spent time together.
So let’s talk about setting your goals for this new year…
I wanted to share something with you that may help you out with setting your goals and that’s taking them one week at a time.
We tend to make big resolutions at the beginning of the year.
And why not, we have an entire year to complete them.
That may sound like a good thing at first, but a few days in you realize that that’s a pretty big goal.
And a year is a long time.
Sticking to a blogging schedule for an entire year sounds daunting, doesn’t it? As does going for a run for 365 consecutive days.
It’s no wonder New Year’s resolutions are broken before the end of January. Instead of taking it one year at a time, try taking it one week at a time.
Yes, your end goal will still be big, but instead of being good for the coming 12 months, try sticking to your diet, exercising, working on your business or living frugally for the next week.
Once you make it to Sunday, challenge yourself to stick to your end goal for another week. It won’t take long before you start to see some progress. That in itself will be very motivating. But the positive side effects of taking it one week at a time don’t end there.
As you stick to your new good habits week after week, they will become habits.
Choosing a salad over a burger and fries will become second nature. Healthy food will start to taste better and you’ll love to feeling of energy and wellbeing. You’ll keep going for your daily walk and saying no when someone offers you a cake. And heading to the mall to try on (and buy) new outfits no longer sounds like your idea of a fun afternoon out.
Your habits start to change for the better and it will become easier and easier to stick to these changes. Before you know it, December rolls around and you realize that this is the year when your resolution finally stuck.
You did it one week at a time.
Yes I set up to 7 goals every year but this is how I look at it all, just one week at a time.
I had some new materials printed for my new course I’m developing. It’s just the start of the “Vera-Jean” system. This is the exact system I take my private clients through.
It’s been such a joy!
Check it out…
We will be starting the year off with understanding your motivational blocks and getting past them, the next part of the process is to stop thinking small and begin creating your dream life instead, then we will set our goals and create a plan to achieve them and finally following through and staying motivated.
I love this work and helping others reach their goals of developing an online business that suits their dreams and lifestyle they want to create.
This is the beginning of so many good things to come!
Watch my video to hear more about how I plan out my goals for the year.
Vera JM Friesen
Creative Online Business Coaching
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