My “comeback” to the blog had to be with a post of my 2017 goals, right?
I’m a firm believer that accountability helps you achieve your goals and that’s the main reason I like to write about goals and goal setting.
I kind of took the last year off. Did not blog consistently, turned entirely to my main social media outlets – Instagram and Facebook – and uploaded once of twice to YouTube. I’m not sorry, I needed it.
2016 was a big year. Not really awesome with big amazing achievements, not really awful with pretty bad situations, but somewhere in between. Full of events, good and bad, and one big decision on my part: make myself better every day.
In the end of 2015 I joined a gym with my boyfriend. Yes, he owns one (actually, spoiler alert! He now owns 2! #proud #soproud :D) but it’s a women only gym so he doesn’t use it. Joining this gym was also a way for us to workout together and spend more quality time together.
We were already pretty health conscious at home, and over the years we changed a lot of our eating habits. We have a balanced diet and live a somewhat balanced life, but I needed that push towards a more active life. So, we did it. And I’ve been consistently working out 5-6 times a week ever since.
I will be doing more fitness and health related posts here – that’s a big part of my life right now and I want to share all I’m learning about it with all of you.
Fast forward a bit and it’s 2017. This year I will turn 33, we will have our 10 year anniversary and a lot more milestones will be crossed. I had to think of my 2017 goals.
I love reading and I love hearing podcasts. In order to get on the right mindset, I chose a few that talked about goal setting. Three that really helped me lately were from Pat Flynn’s SPI Podcast:
- #236 – Secrets and Science to Living the Good Life with Jonathan Fields
- #243 – How to Create Your Life Vision Plan with Michael Hyatt
- #249 – Pivoting: How, When, & Why to Do It with Jenny Blake
You should hear at least these three, if you’re looking to find inspiration for goal setting.
With all this in mind, this was what I was looking for in order to come up with my 2017 goals:
- Is there something that has been on my “life to do list” for a while that still makes sense to achieve?
- Where do I want to be in the end of 2017 in terms of personal life and professional career?
- What have I been doing that is not working?
After a lot of thinking and pondering, I came up with a few goals. Some I will share, others will be shared only to a certain extent and a few won’t.
Start using contacts.
This is a funny story, actually. This has been on my mind for a while now, at least a couple of years. But I’m really weird in everything related to my eyes and I have a really hard time whenever anyone else but me needs to do something to it. I hate going to the doctor or optician and having drops put in. I hate the feeling of having something approach my eye and not being able to close it. But I don’t have a problem with myself touching my eyeball. Weird, huh?
I’ve been using glasses for way over 15 years and I started noticing my nose getting those common awful marks and I don’t like it. Also, working with kids tends to make my glasses fly across the room a couple of times a week, so, not great for glasses longevity.
I have a friend that is an optician and we’ve talked about it – I need to go in for a consultation with someone I know, I probably will be screaming when it’s time to try the contact lenses – but I stalled. A lot. For a long time. I finally decided I would do it this year and, last week, I dropped my glasses and they broke.
Booked an appointment and I will go for my second one to try the test lenses next Monday. Goal: 50% complete.
Make the most out of the time I spend with my loved ones.
This is a cliché but it is also true. I need to work on this. Life has been getting in the way and I can’t have it like this anymore. So, in 2017, I will make a very conscious effort to be present every time I get to spend time with my loved ones. Family and friends. No more meals with phone and internet, no more mind drift to that full to do list, no more hurrying.
Focus on my health and help my family focus on theirs.
And also my friends, to the extent possible. This year I want to make really conscious choices of what we eat, drink and do. Make more healthy meals, change some of our staples to better ones (not necessarily organic), drink more water, keep up with our vitamin intake, keep up with a good activity routine (5-6 days a week, preferably as a couple). Also, we have to go in for a full health check up. That’s a big one on our list for the year.
I also need to do something to improve the neck pain I still have from my car accident back in 2014. Maybe a chiropractor, maybe yoga. Still need to work on this one.
Relaunch my website.
This post is the beginning of the relaunch. Finally have it looking the way I want it to and I know what I want to do with it. I will be writing a lot more about health related topics and the main ones will definitely be Fitness and Food. I love writing and I miss it. Really miss it. This needs to happen and will also help with my sanity. 😀
Start working on a software.
I won’t say too much but I have this idea for a software related to my profession and I’ve been stalling on getting to it. Part fear of failure, part not knowing what to do first, but this needs to happen in 2017. At least the first stages of it.
Keeping track of your goals
None of this goal setting nonsense will help you if you don’t keep track of your goals.
This is what I do and find most effective to help me not go off path:
- share your goals with at least one person. Making them “public” will help you with accountability.
- divide them in smaller goals. Making something like a step-by-step list of smaller goals will help you navigate your way towards the bigger one.
- write the goals and place them somewhere you can see them everyday. I have them on my phone but you can write them anywhere (planner, inspiration board, fridge, mirror,…).
- revisit your goals at least once a month. If you lost track of something, one month probably won’t hurt the path. If you don’t revisit the goals, you may find ways to trick your brain and “forget” how important they were.
- PLAN. I cannot stress this enough. You should be able to look at the calendar and set a timeline for your goals. Set dates for every goal that you can set finish dates for. If you don’t, you’ll push all your goals towards the end of the year and you’ll get overwhelmed.
Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” And he was right.
So, here they are. My main 2017 goals. Or at least the ones I want to share. 😉 Hope you enjoyed this post and if you found it useful, maybe share with your friends?
Have a great day and keep trying to be the best version of yourself.
For you and for everyone in your life.