2014 Is Here! Are You Ready?

imagesIt’s really hard to believe that 2014 is here!  The world will celebrate the New Year, and many of us take the opportunity to make some goals, some resolutions, some change.

Dana Dratch writes from Bankrate.com 9 ways to keep your New Year’s Resolutions.  I thought her reminders were really good and simple.  Here’s the summary of her article:

#1)  Make it something you really want.  Don’t make it a resolution that you “should” want or that other people think you should want.

#2)  Limit your list to a number you can handle.

#3)  Be specific.  (SMART Goals)

#4)  Automate.  An example would be if you are trying to save some money, automate it so it just happens regularly. It’s more difficult to forget it.

#5)  Make a plan.  It won’t just happen unless you put some small steps in place.

#6)  Be prepared to change some habits.  You will need to change some things in order to succeed.

#7)  Write down the goal and visualize it regularly.  Keep them in front of you!

#8)  To tell or not to tell?  Share your goals with someone.  You don’t have to publish them to the world though.

#9)  Forgive yourself.  If you fall off the wagon, jump back on.  Don’t give up!

Great reminders!

Each of us plan and prepare for a New Year differently.  I want to simply encourage you to take some time and figure out what you WANT to do.  Part of growing and developing is continually evaluating where we’re at and setting some goals to move forward.  A New Year is always a great time to begin the process.

I’m in the middle of this process myself, doing some thinking, evaluating, dreaming and actually working on my 2014 plan which includes my goals, my travel and my schedule for both my work focus and my family focus.  I begin by simply putting on the calendar dates that are locked IN STONE like my daughters high school graduation or my wife’s birthday.  I then begin to set some time aside for projects, family connection times and my work travel.  I usually take the year a quarter at a time, so I begin with January, February and March first, then work my way through.  I put in holiday’s, birthday’s and planned events or trips, and I begin to try to carve out time to focus on my goals.  If I don’t do this now, I will never get to it!

What do you need to do to begin the year right?  Come up with a plan.

Here are a couple of other links to past articles and tip sheets that talk about Goals & Resolutions:

A New Year: GO!

Evaluation Questions

SMART GOALS

STRATEGIC PLANNING IN 7 STEPS

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