We’re barely halfway through January, and if you’re like a lot of folks, not even one New Year’s Resolution is still standing.
That exercise program? Made it to the gym once. Taking steps toward those “important but not urgent” projects, like writing your book, or working “on” your business versus “in” your business? Yeah, right! Who has the time?
But, before you throw your hands up in despair and declare the year a failure (okay I’m exaggerating a bit), there’s still plenty of time to get back on track.
The first step: take a good, long look at your goals and each New Year’s Resolution you have for this year.
Answer these questions (I suggest getting out a pen and paper, and doing some journaling around them):
- How did you actually come up with the goals and each New Year’s Resolution? Was it a purely mental exercise? (In other words, did you just sit down and brainstorm or think of a list of goals and write them down?) Or did something else inspire them?
- Do your goals and resolutions come across as a bunch of “shoulds” or “have to’s?”
* I should lose weight.
* I should exercise more.
* I should do a product launch.
* I should finish that new business program I’ve been working on the past two years and I really just need to get it off my plate.
- Are your goals and resolutions clear? Or pretty vague, making it feel even harder to actually turn them into reality?
* Spend more time with my family. (But how? I’m already drowning in to-do’s. Where do I find the time?)
* Make more money. (But how? I’m already doing everything I know how to do.)
* I finally write my book.
* I finally start my business.
Once you’ve looked closely at your goals and each New Year’s Resolution for 2017, consider this:
The problem with all the goals listed above is that they’re setting you up for failure.
If you set goals for yourself that you don’t really want to be doing (no matter how much you feel like you should do them), or if they’re vague, or too big, or lack clear action steps that lead to their accomplishment, you’ll never achieve them.
So, how do you know if your goals fall into any of these categories? Take a moment to read what you wrote in your answers to the above questions, and pay attention to what feelings come up in your body.
If you feel tired, drained, overwhelmed, uninspired, confused, then you’ve probably set the wrong goals for you.
Now, if this is the case, the first thing to do is not beat yourself up or feel bad about it. The way we’re traditionally taught to set goals more often than not leads to our setting goals that aren’t right for us.
And there’s good news: January is considered the dreaming month, so you still have plenty of time to dream into what you want your new year to look like!
What I like to do is take some time and really feel into that – into what I want my year to look like. Don’t try and use your head or mental energies to decide what your life and business “should” look like — how do you want to feel? What lights you up? Where is your passion?
You may want to do some journaling around this topic too … how you want to feel this year. Also, you may want to ask your intuition/inner wisdom and/or God/Source/Universe/Spirit for guidance on what they think your goals should be.
Most importantly, don’t rush this process.
Give yourself the time and space to really feel into what you want your 2017 to be. @MichelePW
Once you do, chances are your goals will literally write themselves (and they’ll feel much more grounded those you had before).
And, once you’ve discovered and set goals that excite you rather than drain you, you may want to come up with a system to help you reach those goals. If that sounds good to you, check this out.
If you’d like a starting point to get more clear about where you want to go with your business, you might like my “How to Start a Business You Love AND That Loves You Back” book — you can grab your copy here.