A few weeks ago I wrote about how I don’t make resolutions. Well, not making resolutions also means that I don’t necessarily have to start my new year right on January 1st when everyone else starts. Its part of the mental focus of NOT getting stuck in the “I’ll start resolutions on Jan 1 and quit a week later” mentality.
So, It is Monday January 5th and TODAY is my New Year! Today is the day that I declare all the things I want to accomplish this year and create a plan to make them happen – or, at least get good momentum going in to 2016.
I decided that today would be the day about a week ago when I left for my most epic adventure – to see Elton John at The Barclays on New Years Eve. It was certainly a great adventure and I will be sharing it with you later this week. During my trip, I had time to think about my goals for this year.
How did I do that? I began with the end in mind. What do I want my life to look like at the end of 2015? By creating that list, I can backtrack through the year and set goals:
1. Focus on the word Intentional. Being intentional with time, money, relationships, etc. will help me improve these areas of my life. This means scheduling my time and focusing on scheduled tasks. It means continuing to do a budget but being MORE intentional about how and where I spend money. It means focusing more on my relationships with God and others.
2. Developing an Attitude of Gratitude. This is inspired by the works of Ann Voskamp, one of my favorite Christian authors. As a family, we will spend time each evening before dinner writing down five things we are thankful for that day. This would require for us to be intentionally looking for things to be grateful for during the day.
3. Purging. This is the year we get rid of all the unnecessary crap in our house! We have lived here for ten years and have too much stuff! It’s a huge undertaking and one that we had started in 2014 but this year, we will be more intentional, more focused. To do this, I will be following along with The Simplicity Project.
4. Read 50 books this year. This may seem like a low number, but I think i can handle it. I LOVE to read but I very often have 2-3 unfinished books at any given time. This goal will help me focus on starting and finishing a book in about a week. For the month of January, I’ll be reading: Crash the Chatterbox, Redefine Rich, The Noticer and The Noticer Returns.
5. Build a Better Business. This is the third year of Melissa the Coach, Financial Coaching and I have great momentum going into this year! I have been working with a business coach to learn how I may be able to best serve my clients and help more people. One of those ways is by offering coaching packages. This will simplify the income side of my business and will offer better opportunity for those who need my help to be able to make that financial investment. In addition, I have developed a plan to make it even more convenient for us to meet – via phone, Google hangouts or in person. As a result of my trip, I am more determined and more passionate about helping people get control of their finances and NOT let money be the thing that stands in the way of achieving goals and dreams.
Have you set goals and creating plans yet this year? I’d love for you to share some or all of them in the comments!
The Make a Difference Monday Series will continue in 2015! Each Monday, I will highlight someone or something that makes a difference in my life and/or the lives of others.