New Year Goal Setting


This is my favorite time of year! With the new year approaching by the hour, people are full of hope and motivational messages abound on social media. I love it! As you know, I’m all about list making. So it should come as no surprise that I LOVE New Year goal setting. Of course, I’ve already made out my overall 2016 plan and a month-by-month detailed one. Here’s what it looks like:

First, a theme.
2016: The Year of Persistence and Pushing Boundaries

Then, a few framing quotes for motivation.
“The dream is free, but the hustle costs.”

Hebrews 12:1-3
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Followed by What I know (to be true about what I’m supposed to be doing in my life).
I’m supposed to share my story. I think about this in a few different ways – through  my academic work (on adoptees more broadly) and through blogging and other social media posts.

Finally, the initiatives. What are actions that I want to continue or start that are in line with my Purpose and personal goals. It’s important to list the end result as well as how to achieve it.

Spiritual Tune Up
Re-read the Four Agreements
Daily mindfulness meditation
Re-read The Book of Awakening
Daily Bible study
Cultivate my intuition

Weekly journaling
Weekly blogging
Daily research writing

Health & Fitness
Eat a fruit/vegetable at every meal
Cardio/weight training at least 3 times a week

Debt free. No credit card debt.
Monthly savings.

Send out papers for publication
Identity work
Club book proposal
Adoptee twitter (depending on twitter data findings)

Build into my relationships
Myself – self-care

This morning, I stumbled across this article about making a list of your past year’s successes and current fears. I’m adding this to my New Year routine, and you should, too.

Writing it all down is important, but my New Year goal setting doesn’t end there. Each month I reassess where I am. What have I done well? What needs to be tweaked? Then, at the end of the year, I can look back and see where I was successful and what areas need more work. This year I also looked back over my yearly initiatives for the past three years. It was amazing and quite humbling to look back and see my tremendous growth. Looking at the themes and initiatives showed me what I struggling with and what I was working towards. It also gave me motivation to continue working towards my goals.


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