A new year is upon us, and that can mean many things. From a mundane position, it is time to get ready to file taxes, wrap up old accounts, and start a new fiscal year. From a home perspective, it is time to put away the remnants of the holiday, declutter, and bless your house with a good cleaning. From a spiritual perspective, it is time to evaluate 2016 and set some goals for 2017.
I’m not a big fan of resolutions, as they seem to have turned into a trite statement on the New Year that doesn’t mean anything a few weeks down the road. Do you even remember your resolutions from last year? Goals are different to me. Goals will need work and attending to, of course. Goals give us direction, and help us set our course. Goals can be short term or long term, and it is a great idea to have some of each. I think that short terms goals can be wrapped up in a few months, versus long term goals that take a greater amount of time. It is helpful to have a way of measuring the success of your goal in order to track your progress. More success usually lights a fire for even more success. Goals can be a sacred contract that we make with ourselves.
Let’s take a look at an example:
Mary has gotten behind of her bills, and she knows that something needs to change in order to get out of this hole. Her goal is to be caught up on her bills in the next 3 months.
1. First, she must write her goals down in a place that she will see them. You can work on something if you don’t remember what it is. A vision board is great for this.
2. Next, she must take a good, and honest look at her finances. Is her goal reasonable? She needs to evaluate how much she can earn and save in the next 3 months. Will there be enough money to accomplish her goal? If not, how can she get creative about it? Can she work extra hours, pick up a temporary second job, or sell something that she is done with? If so, great. If not, she needs to re-evaluate her time frame to be sure that it is reasonable. Don’t set yourself up to fail, as that is contrary to accomplishing your goals.
3. Mary’s choices must now come into alignment with her goal. When faced with spending extra money, she should ask herself, “Does this support my goal?” If it doesn’t then she knows that it is time to make a different choice.
4. After Mary has met her goal, and her finances are in good shape, she can move on to a new goal. Perhaps she wants to start saving more money so that she does not find herself in this position again, or start living on a budget so that she is making wiser choices with her money.
Ultimately, goal setting only works if you work it. Goals should be realistic, have an end point, and be measurable. I like to set one or two long term goals for the year, and several short term goals. I build a vision board based on these goals that is hung in my bedroom, so that I am always reminded that I have goals. Goals make dreams become reality.
Ask yourself, what are your goals this year? You DO have the power to accomplish anything that you set your mind to!