WHAT ARE YOUR 2016 GOALS?
I recently saw a blog post from one of my biz mentors that caused me to flinch… Leonie Dawson asked, “Is it too late for you to get your 2016 goals done?” And then she proceeded to list out the ca. 200 goals she had set for herself, complete with using strikethrough to cross out the ones that were
Now I confess to being a little overwhelmed at first, but as I read through her list, I found it strangely motivating. It prompted me to pull out my list (of a paltry 46 goals) and see where I’d landed so far.
Did you know that only 16% of people create goals at all? And of those peeps, only 3% actually write them down? And… get this… only 1% of people both write down their goals and refer back to them over time!
(Now there’s a magic wand to easily sweep you into the 1-percenter club!)
What I’m learning is that by referring back to my goals, it not only helps me get them done, but I’m also learning to write better goals. Instead of saying, “I want to spend more time with my family,” I say, “I will plan a weekend trip just for Joe and me,” and “I want to go on a date night with my hubby next month.”
Even better motivation for helping you reach your goals is to share them publicly! When you tell others what you hope to accomplish, you’ve just made yourself accountable… like that time when Barb Krebs published my (uttered over drinks) New Year’s resolution: “I’m going to bicycle the Rail Trail from York to Baltimore and back” in the Sunday newspaper for all the world to see.
So here’s the deal, friend… I’ll show you mine if you show me yours!
(Um, uh, that’s not exactly what I meant, ha!)
Because I love a good challenge, I’m going for the gold and posting my 2016 goals here for the (tiny corner of the) world to see – and confessing to which ones are
DONE and not done. Now it’s YOUR turn to share. Just click Reply and let me know what goal you’re still reaching for in 2016. It’s not too late!
Paint the house # on the mailbox
Strip and repaint the door trim on the deck
Weed the garden (done in June, but now it’s a mess again) Plant the front flower bed Use the hot tub on a weeknight Add 500 names to my biz mailing list
Reconnect with 5 or more old friends (need 1 more! could it be YOU?)
Burn scented candles Start an email newsletter
Write more of my novel
Beach retreat week
Freeze strawberries for winter
Walk 200 miles (only made it to 150 last year, yay!) Practice Greek every week Power wash the deck and garage Get my car detailed Listen to music daily
Find a biz sponsor for York Book Expo
Lose 5 pounds (only 12 pounds to go!)
Visit a winery Monthly manicure
Raise my rates
Rebuild my biz website (still need to add a couple more pages)
Advertise my Children’s Picture Book class on Udemy
Pay off my cell phone contract
Buy Britta carry-on luggage (the one with the butterflies!) Track my money more diligently Subscribe to Netflix and watch BBC shows Crochet a lap blanket monthly Make a quilt Run a Facebook ad campaign Hire an editor to help at YOTB
Get professional photographs taken of me
Go to a rock concert Have monthly date night with hubby Take Joe to DCI-East competition Go on a campus visit with Joe Say “hi” to people I meet on the rail trail Get 7+ hours of sleep each night Get new glasses (progressives, ewww…)
Use the fancy stemware
Buy print books and pass them on
Paint the living room
Visit Niagara Falls
Steam clean the furniture
I can’t wait to hear what goal(s) you’re striving for this year. And if one of them happens to be writing a book, I’d love to personally help you reach that one. Click Reply now and become a “1-percenter.” You got this!
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