We’re officially in a new year and what lies ahead is completely up to you. I took some time over the weekend to create an action plan for the year. My hope is that following that plan will allow me to achieve my goals. Notice I said hope? If I learned anything in 2016 it was to never have expectations. I’ve learned to go with the flow a bit more (so freakin’ hard for me) and I’m trying not to sweat the small stuff. Sometimes, shit just doesn’t go the way we think it should. Guess what? That’s ok! I’m not sure I entirely believe that right now, but, hey, I’m a work in progress.

Here’s some advice about goal-setting – make sure your goals are attainable! Don’t you dare set goals you know damn well you aren’t going to achieve. I created a 3 month goal setting worksheet (free download below!) to help me break down the year.

Goal Setting Worksheet

I have a lot of goals for 2017 and breaking them down in smaller increments allows me to narrow my focus. Now, will it keep me from looking ahead? Yeah right….but, at least my main focus will be on the current quarter. This is my first time using a system like this so I’m not sure how it’s going to work for me, but I’ll keep ya posted.

A Few of My 2017 Goals

Like I said, I have a lot of goals for this year and I’ve tried to prioritize them in order of importance to me. Just like I do with my top 3 tasks for the day, I have my top 3 goals for the year. While these goals will be listed in the first quarter, I’ll be working on them all year and still may not achieve them. That doesn’t mean that these goals aren’t attainable – it just means that they’re BIG goals that require more than 4 quarters to complete. Here they are…

Stop Overthinking

If you’re an overthinker, you know damn well that this ish is hard to stop. My mind is constantly thinking about things; sometimes when it shouldn’t. How do I plan on conquering this? Well, I’ve been reading a lot about how getting thoughts out of your head can help reduce overthinking so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to start journaling my thoughts; randomly and without worrying if it makes sense. If it works, just imagine how much mental space I’ll free up…holy cow!

Get & Stay Healthy

This is something I’m always going to work on and I’m ok with that. I’ve gained back all the weight I lost when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I can’t begin to describe how disgusted with myself I feel. Ah, oh well. All is not lost. I’ve learned that I have to always be vigilant with my food and exercise and to track every single thing!

Say No…without explaining why or feeling guilty

Ha…this is probably the hardest one to achieve. Each time I have to tell someone no, I feel compelled to explain why I can’t blank and I always feel bad that I wasn’t able to blank. People even ask me why I can’t do whatever when I’ve tried just saying no. I really need to get a handle on this one.

What Lies Ahead…

I have other goals as well, such as lowering debt, practicing self-care daily, finding happiness, and so on. So many things happened in 2016 and I’ve come to the conclusion that what happened in 2016 STAYS in 2016. I am worried that a few things from 2016 are going to trickle over into this year but I’ll deal with them if/when it happens. I have a few major decisions to make this year and I’m a bit intimidated. But, life starts outside your comfort zone, right?

What lies ahead for you this year?

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