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2015 Purpose Planning

As the new year approaches, many of us will vow to change things about ourselves or our habits...we typically refer to these vows as New Year Resolutions. Most of us have good intentions of following through all year long, but motivation, memory, and stamina fades by February.

I'll be honest, I have never been focused on setting New Year Resolutions. I am more of habitual goal setter, undefined by time of year. This year I want to be more purposeful and more intentional in all that I do...and I'm starting with a New Year Purpose (not "resolution").

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
— Brooks Atkinson

I know that if I want to accomplish BIG goals this year, I have to set myself up for success. To be successful in the New Year, I knew there were a few things I needed to include in my plan. I'm going to share those with you today in hopes that it will help you in some small way with your intentions for 2015.

To get ready for 2015 I am...

  1. Showing gratitude for 2014. In November, I began my gratitude journal and have been working daily to write down 3 things I am grateful for. As a part of my 2015 intentions, I am reflecting on 50 things I am grateful for as I move into the New Year.
  2. Showing mercy for myself. There are things we all wish we could have done better, done differently, spent more time on (or spent less time on others), etc. I want my preparation for 2015 to be a positive one, so I'm leaving out regret and inserting mercy for the person I am hardest on (myself).
  3. Being positive. I want to set BIG goals for myself, and I also want to attain them. Be positive about your belief in yourself to accomplish the goals you set! You cannot give up mentally before you even begin...stay positive!
  4. Creating an action-oriented plan. BIG goals mean lots of work, this can be intimidating when looking at the big picture. Breaking down goals into smaller segments throughout the year will help you to stay on track and get things done! It's like running a marathon, you have to set smaller weekly mileage goals (and actually run them, not just write them down!) if you want to be able to run the entire thing months down the road!
  5. Keeping it visible. If you keep your goals to yourself, it's likely that you don't actually believe in yourself to accomplish them. Publicly declaring what you want to do in 2015 and how you're going to get there will keep you accountable (with other people, yes, but mainly with yourself). Along with my public declaration to encourage accountability, I will be posting my goals in a place I look at daily (i.e. bulletin board at work, refrigerator door, car dash, back of phone). Just find a place, or a few places that will allow you to stay focused on your intentions for the year.
  6. Breaking it down. One goal for the year is certainly enough (especially if you are laser focused and stick with it!), but I will be setting goals this year in different areas of my life. I wanted to be intentional and purposeful in a few different areas and one goal just wouldn't cover it all, I had to break it down to create clarity. Here are my focus areas (yours may be totally different): Spiritual Life, Finances, Fitness, and Blogging.
  7. Prioritizing. To stay laser focused, you have to prioritize...DAILY...with a TO-DO list! Everyday there are 3 levels of things to do; Level 1 - Necessities (Eat, Sleep, Breathe), Level 2 - Routine (shower, laundry, pay bills, make dinner, etc.), and Level 3 - The Extras (exercise, blog, read, creative work ventures, etc.). You don't need to write down things from level 1, you'll just automatically do those (I hope). Level 2 items should be written on your list just so you don't forget anything (and so that you can cross them off - the best part!). Level 3 items need to be on your to do list - these items should be stepping stones towards accomplishing your BIG goals for the year. You have to break the big things up into actionable items or they just become wishes and will likely not be accomplished.

Out with the old and in with the new! Let's be intentional and purposeful with this new year that we have been gifted! Happy 2015 purpose planning!

Set SMART goals for 2015!  

Set SMART goals for 2015!

Later this week, I'm sharing my plan more specifically on how I'm getting intentional in 2015.