what are you going to pay attention to in 2016?

It doesn't have to look pretty...thank goodness, you just have to do it.

It doesn't have to look pretty...thank goodness, you just have to do it.

Remember in school when you were given a writing assignment and you just went in and wrote your paper. It was a good paper. You were on fire. I mean, it may have been the best writing the world had ever seen, we're talking possible Pulitzer here. 

then you turned it in.

There were red  marks all over it. How dare someone mess with the next great american literature masterpiece! There was one glaring consistency in the red scribble across the page...did you make an outline first? Where is the structure?

After muttering under your breath, you think to yourself "how the heck did the teacher know I didn't do an outline or a rough draft?" or maybe you thought "my kind of literary genius doesn't need a rough draft." 

don't act like you never thought it...

Well, just like high school English class, it is important to outline your goals before you  just jump in all willy nilly. You want to make sure you know what direction you want your goals to head. In short, it helps to define where you want to focus your energies.

i promise this won't hurt

It is actually really simple, think about all of the notes you have been taking and the thoughts you have had about what you might want to focus on in 2016 and then put them into some overarching categories. Don't overdue it. Sometimes we set so many goals, it is impossible to focus on all of them. This will help you reduce and refine once you get to your overall goals. 

List the core areas of life you want to get results

Here is an example of my categories to help spark some creative thinking...

  • Health & Wellness

  • Love & Relationships

  • Financial Stability & Growth & Flexibility

  • Purpose & Passion

That's it. That is all you have to focus on today. Later in the week we will start actually putting our goals down into the areas of focus you specified and be on our way to starting kicking butt in 2016.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask them in the comment section below.

what are you going to do with the 31 days you have left of 2015?

I don’t set New Year’s Resolutions. New Year’s Eve is my least favorite holiday of the year and I think it is in part because of the fact that most of the decisions we make on this day rarely come to fruition. And yet, we continue to do the same thing every single year. It is easy to blame all of this on the simple concept of a “New Year’s Resolution” and give up all together but making a “New Year’s Resolution” and setting goals are very different things.  A life without goals and focus is one that doesn’t move very fast or far. We need to start making some goals with some substance and grit, ones that will not fade away come February 1st.

Normally I like to this in the early part of the year but I got to thinking that maybe instead of avoiding starting the year off with goals, why not embrace the idea instead? This year, for the first time, I am going to start my goal setting in December and I thought it would be great if we did it together.

For the month of December I am going to use the blog to focus on goal setting. I will work to provide tips from experts in goal setting, as well as a step by step process for us all to follow together. I will share my experiences along the way in the hopes that you can learn from my mistakes and successes.

Here is what you will need to join in the process:

  • A notebook or journal that you will use JUST FOR THIS.

    • Make it small enough to take with you wherever you go (you never know when inspiration will strike)

    • Enough pages to really be able to dig deep

  • A Pen or Pencil that you really like

    • Sounds funny but this is crucial. I know you have a cell phone or a tablet and computer or all of the above. But there is something very powerful about using a pen and writing things down. It shows a commitment, it allows for you to scratch it out, scribble, etc, but not erase. The reason this is good is because sometimes the things you write down and scratch out become the best inspiration later on.

  • 30 minutes, three times a week.

    • First, so that you can read the blog. (of course)

    • You will find that things will come to you outside of these 90 minutes but it is important to dedicate some time to focus on JUST this and JUST YOU!

That’s it. Seriously. We are investing in ourselves and we don’t have to go broke to do it.

We start Wednesday so get ready to focus on you and start making big things happen in your life.