Now that the Holidays are officially over and we've made it through January, it’s time to reevaluate those 2016 goals and resolutions. At the beginning of the year, we were all so consumed with the hype and excitement and what everyone else was doing. We said we were going to do this and that and become this new person in the new year. We joined that expensive gym that we don’t have the monthly budgets for (and that we'll probably only use for 6 weeks out of the year). We were also determined to save, save, save, but wait, we forget about those expensive holiday gifts we bought as well as those other bills we racked up in November. With all that said, you're probably back to your normal routine now and have come off the haze of holiday highs and stress. This is actually the best time to start mapping out your goals for 2016. But where and how to start? First, take some deep breaths, then read three of the tips I recommend to my clients:
1. Count Your Blessings And Achievements.
This year, I have decided not to create a vision board; instead I have created a Board of Blessings and Successes. I will add words and pictures as these blessings and successes occur. We can easily forget how great our lives are because we want to achieve more, buy more things and live the Instagram lifestyle we see all the time. Do not believe the hype!
2. Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself And (Get To) Know Thy Self!
Be patient. Changes that last a life-time will take time and the support of your family, friends, coworkers, coaches and others to achieve. Most importantly, don’t compare yourself to others. We hear this all the time, right? It’s so simple, but so hard to follow through on. Try spending some time away from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. This will help you to reconnect with yourself and stop falling into the compare/despair trap.
3. Keep It Simple And Make It Plain.
Know what steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals. We all have triggers that will either help or discourage us. I’m an overachiever. I know that if I rush to complete all my yearly goals within a few months, I will be seriously disappointed because I will fail. That's why now I keep a journal or notebook for writing down my goals, along with a list of the tasks, with reasonable deadlines, that will lead me to achieving them.
Until Next Time,
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Shemika is the focused, energetic and committed founder of Moore Impactful Careers Coaching. Her mission is to transition those she coaches into a career and life that they will love. She is selfless in her efforts to organize, manage and advance any client she commits her time to. She also focuses on providing the necessary tools to encourage clients to use their time more effectively, achieve goals and develop inner passions. For more information, visit shemikamoore.com.
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