“Goals are like magnets. They’ll attract the things that make them come true.” –Tony Robbins
Ever since I was a young girl, my dad would make my brother and I write down our goals or resolutions for the new year. He would have us read our goals to him and he would tell us “to make sure we kept to them.” When I was young I wasn’t a big fan of this annual game because like most kids, I didn’t know what to write down!
As I grew, however, I continued with that tradition and it developed into a ritual that I actually ended up enjoying. Now, I always write goals and lists on what I would like to accomplish, personally and professionally; except now, my goals aren’t just limited to January 1st.
You can make goals or lists at any time in the year and it is never too late to create new ones or change old ones. My friend gave me this book, The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal recently, and what I love about it is that it’s seasonal journaling for self-discovery and exploration. You can start it at any season you are in. There are 52 lists of different reflective and inspirational ideas that can help you discover what you love, what inspires you, and what makes you happy.
I love books that spark the creativity in all of us and it’s especially great for those who are trying to figure out what their goals might be.
Here are my goals for 2017:
- Write, write, and write. I love writing. I’ve kept a consistent journal since I was 19 years old and I have found that when I write my goals, dreams, and desires down whether at the beginning of the year or at the end of the year, at some point I end up achieving them, or at least close to it. It may not happen that year or even the next, but the goals that are meant for me to achieve do end up happening. I think the key thing is remembering to write about goals that are specific to you and your needs, and then figuring out the steps you are going to take to make that goal achievable. For me, writing more is what inspires me, so I started this blog and that was my first step in achieving this goal.
- Travel. I love traveling. I consider myself well-traveled and have been to a good number of places, but there’s still so much to see in the world! I sometimes feel as an adult I don’t do it as much as I want because of work commitments and time constraints. I didn’t end up traveling at all last year, but then I was planning the biggest move of my life to California, so I guess I’m going to give myself a freebie on that one! 😉 So far, I booked a trip to Spain, and I went to Barcelona, San Sebastian, Biarritz, and Madrid. I’m hoping to plan a trip to Cuba at the end of the year or at a the beginning of next year. Booking and planning these trips have helped me to achieve my travel goals so far.
- Focus on my physical and mental health. I think it’s important to challenge your body with new physical activities, especially if your work out routines become just that- routine! Exercise is mandatory for me. It is something that always makes me feel better: mentally and physically. However, doing the same thing can be boring. The best thing about being in California is working out outside. I love going on different hikes, and just walking/running anywhere near the ocean or in the hills. I recently went paddle boarding and I hope to one day soon learn how to surf- at least once! I know it is extremely hard and I’m terrified of being horrible at it, but I think it will be a challenge I want to take on. I also want to take a yoga class on the beach and try Pilates. Whatever your workout goals are, the key is to mix it up and have fun doing it!
- Find work/life balance. For me, my job as a teacher takes up a large amount of my time and energy, even though I have been teaching for 10 years. I think that starting a new job this last year was like being a first year teacher in a lot of ways. I had to learn a new curriculum, adapt to a new work environment, and acclimate to teaching high school versus middle school. I felt exhausted most of the time with all the essays I had to grade and the planning that I had to do. Moreover, I have fibromyalgia and that doesn’t make things easy for me! A lot of things happened this year and this last goal is my new addition because I have come to realize that I lacked that work/life balance. So, going forward, I am going to work on getting back to the things I enjoy that make me happy. I love to cook and it has always been a creative outlet for me, so I have gotten back to it recently. I had forgotten how much I love cooking and trying new recipes! I also want to try my hand at gardening. Grow some herbs and tomato plants and see how I do! My parents were excellent gardeners, so let’s hope I got the gene! Lastly, but most importantly, I want to make room in my life and in my heart to find love– wherever and however that may happen. When we are too busy with work or too tired at the end of the day, we lose sight of the big picture and what’s really important in life. Prioritizing what brings you joy and makes your heart happy when you are not working is the best way to find that healthy balance we all need.
As you can see, it’s September, and I am talking about goal setting. The point is that it’s never too late to start creating the life you want or changing the way you live day by day. All it takes is writing down your goals and doing your best to achieve them. And hopefully, before the year ends, you will begin to see the changes you have been wanting to implement in your life. Enjoy the process, embrace change, be confident that you can do anything you set your mind to, and Happy Goal Setting!!!