Surviving 2017 was no joke! It was a year full of hard things for so many of us. A year that no one really wants to repeat. Even if you had the best year ever, the news and social media were overwhelming at times.
We have an incredible opportunity every year after we have survived Christmas to take on the new year head on. It is the perfect time to make some changes and leave the past behind us. This is when we decide to CRUSH IT!
Timing isn’t critical. It is totally okay to decide to crush it after the New Year’s Day celebrations are over and the kids have gone back to school. Maybe it is necessary to take a few weeks into the new year to feel yourself out and really decide what you will do to make this year different. Wait to come down from the holiday high of Santa Clause, Milk and Cookies, and traditional family gatherings.
Here are 3 easy steps to follow and make sure 2018 is completely CRUSHED:
Set your word for the year and set the tone for 2018.
New Years resolutions are just another way I️ can set myself up for failure. But I️ can handle one word. Have you heard about this concept? You chose one word in the new year to represent how you want to direct the year.
My word for 2017 was SPACE. I wanted this word to touch all areas of my life including myself, my family, my home, my people. A new year and a new me? Twelve months later and I actually did a pretty good job sticking with the concept of space and learning how paying attention to this word. It was healthy for me mentally and physically.
From 2016 to 2017, I created tremendous space and said NO so many times. I wonder if I know how to say YES anymore?? The beauty of the one word is that you get to interpret what it looks like!
Set some easy goals (and crush them).
Goals intimidate me (which is why I usually just stick with one word). Setting a goal feels like I’m setting myself up for failure. It is easier to not set goals in case I fall short. But, I have done a few things this year that took work and effort. Since I don’t write them down or make grand plans, they don’t feel like goals.
My 2017 aim for space included room to learn something new. I didn’t “goal set” learning to play guitar so it didn’t really seem like a goal…but it totally was and I crushed it.
Setting a goal for yourself and the year doesn’t have to be this huge scary thing. Brainstorm some possibilities. Pick a few that feel important. Imagine you have already crushed that goal and notice how you feel. Goal-setting should be fulfilling and satisfying.
Now that you have it written down and imagined success – Own it and Crush it.
Set your resolve for the best you this year.
You’ve already imagined a successful year…and it will be. Leave that junk from 2017 behind you. Don’t let yourself be defeated by others. Determine to be okay with who you are. You do you!
Remember that Jennifer’s fantastic vacation and well-behaved kids may be a Facebook farce! Know that Melissa took 67 photos before she was satisfied with the perfect selfie to post!
Invest where you feel valued. Spend time with people that build you up and challenge you to be great. Your worth is found in who you are, what you do, and the little things every day!
Stand tall. Be confident.
Say it with me…
“This is going to be the best year yet”!
Are you a goal-setter? A word-picker? How do you start off your year?