Posts Tagged ‘New Year’s goals’

It’s January 3 2017, but it’s still not too late to figure out what you want to do with your cat sitting lokking at laptopyear.

Here’s some ideas from Jack Canfield

Celebrate Your Year: 23 Questions to Inventory Your Successes and Set New Year Goals






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…so what are you going to do with it?

Life is a journey, and if you’re traveling but don’t know where you want to go, the odds are good that you’re not going to get there. Last post, I talked about choosing goals and making resolutions about what you want to do with your year. That’s important, because your goals are where you’re going, and if you don’t set goals, time slips away and leaves you with nothing to show for it.

Haven’t set any goals yet? How about now? Don’t worry- I’ll wait.


When you’re on a journey, you need more than a destination though. You also need a map- a plan for how you’re gonna get there. In your life’s journey, that means things to do to move you in the direction of your dreams.

If you want to get out of debt, you need to

  • look at your budget
  • figure out how to cut our expenses
  • figure out how to make more money
  • have a plan for paying down your debt.

If you want to lose weight, you need to

  • look at the calories you take in
  • look at the calories you burn off
  • find a way to cut the one and build the other
  • find an exercise plan you can stick with

and so forth

Just about every dream is attainable if you’re willing to do the work and keep moving in the direction of your dreams.

So, if you have a dream, what can you do to move in that direction?

We’re on the journey together






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Every year at New Years’, folks set goals for what they want to do with their lives in the new year. For many of us, that means good intentions that fall apart by the end of January.

Now, I’m fine with the idea of “lose 5 pounds” or “start walking more” that are the frequent flyers for new years’ goals; but I think that we can get more out of this if we set goals that are part of our Life Mission.

Everybody has a Life Mission- something we bring to the Party of Life that noone else can bring, and doing things that are part of that mission make our lives fun and beautiful and meaningful.

(For more information on your Life Mission, search this blog or click here and here and here to start out…)

So why am I talking about New Year’s goals? For two reasons:

  • One -Because we’re almost halfway through the year, and this is a good time to look at whether you’re actually moving in the direction of your dreams, as opposed  to just beating out forest fires or doing the things that people tell you that you should be doing. What have you done in 2012 that feeds your spirit and is part of your Life Mission?


  • Two -because it’s a great time to climb back on that horse. Yes, I know that most people break those new year’s goals almost as fast as they make them, but just because you didn’t immediately succeed, doesn’t mean that you have to give up altogether.

Your dreams are important. your Life Mission is important. And it’s important that you do the things that feed your spirit and the spirits of those around you.

Almost halfway through the year, so what are you going to do?






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As I said in my last post, it’s a New Year – and many of us are standing around trying to figure out what we want to do with it.

Some of us set resolutions that are too general and overwhelming. Ones that we end up dropping because they’re too much for us to face. We talked about that in the last post – about setting smaller goals and taking baby steps towards our dreams so that we keep moving forwards and don’t give up.

But a lot of us have the opposite problem. We underestimate ourselves. We think of ourselves as limited/lacking/mediocre/unable to achieve great things.

And because we think of ourselves as background singers in the rock concert of life, we sell ourselves short. And don’t aspire to what is great in each of us (and each of us has something special we are here to do)

Sometimes we need to try to Dream Big.

When I want to dream big, I look for places to get inspired

I’ve got one for you today.

Click here and Ignite Your Soul…






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So, it’s  a New Year and we’re looking at our resolutions for it. What we want to do/learn/become in 2011.

Now, some resolutions drop by the way side because we set goals that are way too sweeping and overwhelming.


  • lose 100 lbs;
  • find amazing love and be married in the year;
  • write the Great American Novel;

Now, any of those goals are possible within the space of a year, but for many of us, they’re good intentions but so overwhelming that we take a tiny stab at them and then give up;

For folks like this, we need to set smaller goals, and move towards them in baby steps, in a technique called Kaizen, which I will talk about in the future. Once we achieve a small goal, rinse and repeat .

You acknowledge/celebrate  that you’ve achieved a goal

  • check it off on your list;
  • reinforce yourself with chocolate;
  • tell someone so you can jump up and down together;
  • do the happy “I did it!” dance;
  • or whatever floats your boat.

And then do it again.

The important thing is to acknowledge that you’re moving forwards – because that is what gives you the motivation to keep on moving towards your dreams.

More on goal setting to come






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Daniel Boone was asked by a reporter if he had ever been lost in the wilderness.  

Boone thought for a moment and replied, “No, but I was once bewildered for about three days.”

It’s the New Year and a lot of us have set New Years resolutions. Many of us have chosen the classic ones that we’re told we should want – to lose weight, to exercise more, to complete a degree or get a better job.

And many of those resolutions will fall away before the month of January is over.

How come? One possible reason is not knowing where we want to go in life. Not knowing where we want to be by the end of the year.

Being “bewildered”….

And chosing “default” goals that don’t really have anything to do with who we are or what our path is in life….

You may already have goals.

They may have perfectly good goals….

But, it still might be a good idea to see if you’re planning to move forwards on your own personal journey…

Take a moment…

Close your eyes and take a deep breath…

And visualize for a moment who you’d like to be at the end of the year….


Then open your eyes and write down what popped up.

Do any of your goals send you in that direction?

Then you may need more or different goals.

Chose the goals that speak to your life mission

And work your dreams….

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Happy Kwanzaa, to those who celebrate it!

For the rest of us, we’ve passed beyond the excitement and excesses of the holiday season, and have only New Years before we pass into a shiny New Year, full of possibilities.

For me, this week tends to be full of finding homes for presents I have received, clearing up after Christmas crafting, and beginning to catch up on commitments that went on hold during the last down hill dash to Christmas.

As I restore some order to my little corner of the world, however, I also find it a great time to start thinking about the year to come.

What do I want to do in the coming year?

What do I want to learn?

What do I want to accomplish?

Who do I want to be and where do I want to go by this time next year?

After all, we’re about to receive the biggest, best holiday gift of all – the gift of a shiny new year, fraught with possibilities, where we can do amazing things if we so chose…..

It’s exciting….

Studies find that

  • if you want to get someplace, it’s important to know where you’re going;
  • when you write down your goals, you appreciably increase the chance of achieving them;
  • if you have a Life Mission, it helps you to choose goals that are fun, reinforcing, and meaningful to you:
  • if you give some time to thinking about what you want to give your energy/love/time/resources to, you’re far more likely to do something that you’ll feel good about afterwards;

We’ve all got a potentially wonderful year coming up, if we chose to make it astounding. So I’m inviting you, as we pick up the last scraps of wrapping paper and enjoy the final twinkle of holiday lights about the neighborhood, to join me in giving some thought about what kind of a year you want to have.

What do you want to do this year?….

(Let’s dream big!…)






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In my Jan. 5 post on New Year’s resolutions and making your dreams come true, I talked about the concept of using the New Year to stimulate real change in your life, as opposed to good intentions that turn into regrets by the end of January.

If you have projects / goals/ dreams you want to make real, what’s one of the most powerful things you can do to make that happen?

Write it down….

On the physical / psychological / physiological side of the fence, many psychological /sociological studies have found that writing a goal down appreciably increases the odds that you will achieve it.

Even if you write it down, put it away and don’t look at it for a long time…

Weird, but true. The literature is full of stories about folks who wrote down a description of the perfect life partner, an ideal job or other desired objective, lost it for a while then found it again after time, only to find that that goal had actually come to pass…

Of course, it’s better to write it down and look at it on a regular basis, but surveys say that is not necessarily necessary.

More news from the weird but true scientific side of the aisle- medical studies have found that checking something off on a “To Do” list can actually stimulate a small but significant boost of endorphins, those pleasant little hormones that make us feel good.

(So, if you’re like me and have ever written down something you’ve already done on your list so you can check it off, there’s actually a good reason for this 🙂  ! )

From a psychological standpoint, writing down what we want to achieve focuses our attention on it, so we start looking for ways to make it happen. Checking off completed steps feels good so we do more things to make our dreams come true.

Over on the metaphysical side of the aisle, writing things down starts the process of energetically attracting the goal we seek and the ways to get there. If we write it down and look at it regularly, every time we look, we are focusing our attention on and drawing energy into manifesting that new reality.

It’s not always enough to write it down and look at it (although some times, it is…) but doing this stacks the decks more in our favor and makes it easier to get where we want to go.

So, write it down…

  • Write it down in your day planner and look at your dream everyday.
  • Write it on a card and tape it up next to your bathroom mirror, so you focus on it while you brush your teeth
  • Write it on a card and tape it to your car dashboard( if it’s a goal that you’re comfortable with people seeing).

Write your dream or goal down and put it where you can see it.

And now you’re on your way…

See you soon






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