Setting Attainable Goals and Cultivating Good Habits for the New Year

BREAKING BAD HABITS

I am a night owl. A stay-up-all-night, regret-it-all-morning kind of gal. It works great in the summer and on holidays, but if you have young children or want a career, you have to at least fake being a morning person.

I spent a few years running late to my job as a teacher, and now I run late to drop my kids off at school. It’s a habit I hate but can never seem to break. Being married to a man that thinks being on time is showing up 20 minutes early has been a bit difficult in the “getting ready quickly” area of my life.

Now we’re just sitting here.

Early.

I could have changed this outfit again.

SETTING A GOAL

A few years ago I met a girl who had 4 small boys and showed up early everywhere. Hair and makeup done. I know. She would wake up at 4:30 to go work out at Camp Gladiator and then come home and make everyone breakfast. Insane.

I knew I had no excuse anymore. All I had to do was get up before the kids and put my clothes on. Surely I could do this.

She encouraged me to try it out and I did a few times. Since I had an accountability partner, someone I felt super lazy in comparison to, I started getting up earlier.

I was waking before the kids and realizing this time was AWESOME.

Tasks were flying off my to do lists. I was cheerful, prepared and dressed to impress! (Ok, just dressed)

Somehow with waking earlier, I still haven’t managed to get the whole “getting to places on time” thing down, but I’ll get there. It’s on the list.

IT’S QUESTIONNAIRE TIME!

Figure our your own personal goals by asking yourself:

What goal or habits do I want to start? Is there anything I need to stop doing? What are some things I can do to make this happen?

PLAY

What do I love to do now/as a child?

What places do I want to visit? How can I prepare financially for these trips?

FAMILY

What are the things I want my children to learn from me this year?

What steps can I take to grow in our marriage? To become a better spouse, parent, and friend?

WORK

What shape are our finances in? Can we cut back? What should we invest in? Do we have a goal for our money? 

How can I help others this year? Where can I volunteer?

PHYSICAL

Where am I at physically? What steps could I take to have more energy? To feel better? To be healthier?

MENTAL

Where am I at mentally? How can I lower my stress levels? What is my stress level, triggers and tools?

SPIRITUAL

Where am I at spiritually? Where do I want to be? What characteristics do I want to be known for? How can I work on these?

BE INTENTIONAL SO YOU CAN SUCCEED

After you set your goals, you need to keep them out where you can see them and be reminded each day. Here are a few ideas:

  • Post your goals on the fridge
  • Write reminders on your mirrors
  • Track your progress
  • Create rewards for your milestones.

LET’S CREATE YOUR GOALS!

Print your Goal Chart below to start living your best life today!

Now that you’ve set your goals, it’s time to implement them!

BEFORE YOU GO…

Want to have a healthier body? Read A Basic Guide to Yoga

Feel like you can’t catch up with the cleaning? How to Spend Less Time Cleaning

Need to slow down and learn to be more present? Slowing Down to Play

Want to learn a new skill? Why You Need to Find a Hobby Today!

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NOW I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

What bad habits do you need to quit or want to add? What goal are you most excited about this year? Comment below!

You’ve got this!

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