Designing Your 2015 – part 2
The Girls on the Big Blue Couch™ Show
Today we are finishing up our series on Goals with part 2 of Designing Your 2015. It’s the middle of December and while you might be busy trying to finish up last minute shopping and decorating for the holiday season you know that the New Year is right around the corner. It is the perfect time to start thinking about 2015 and what you want to accomplish next year.
But for some of you this thought fills you with dread…
If so, we understand. Well, Raychel understands…and she’s got some great tips to help you if you struggle with goal planning the way she does!
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Raychel’s Confession: I hate New Year’s resolutions and I’m terrible at writing goals.
However I understand the importance of a life well lived and I do them anyway. If you are like me and you just put off the idea of goals because they are overwhelming and cause guilt, I’m hoping to give you some practical and EASY ways to make 2015 awesome!
3 Ways to Set Goals without Dread, Guilt, or Procrastination
- Be realistic
Maybe the thought of breaking your life into categories and listing 5-7 goals per category for 2015, makes you want to have a panic attack.
Or, setting time to dream, self-reflect, and create a dream board makes you break out in a cold sweat It’s ok! Be realistic and find a goal setting technique that works for you.
For the last few years I’ve used the 3 word technique. Instead of a bunch of goals I never set anyway I break my year into 3 words to focus my life and work on. Find something that works for you and don’t be afraid to try a few different methods!
- Get accountability
The only way I set goals is if someone makes me. For real. If the idea of spending another year accomplishing nothing makes you want to scream, but you can’t get yourself to actually write a goal down…it’s time to get a coach to keep you accountable! A coach will help you write goals that don’t invoke guilt and will keep you accountable when you want to give up by January 5th.
- It’s just a plan
Life can get messy. Remember goals are just a plan…plans can be changed! Be flexible with your goals and make them fit your life when things change.
Raychel’s story: This happened to me THIS year in fact. I remember writing down a lot of 2014 goals in December 2013. I wrote them on a huge piece of paper and let my creative juices run while my brain ticked off benchmarks to a productive year personally and professionally. I even wrote them in different colors and fonts. It was beautiful. In December 2013 my life and profession were right on track and I had no idea what was coming in only a few short weeks. I planned. I dreamed. I prepared for an amazing future.
January 3, 2014 my life took a dramatic shift. A few weeks after planning the launch of a brand new ministry in 2014, I was turning in my termination of employment notice. Effective immediately. January 10, 2014 Big Blue Couch™ Coaching, LLC was born. The details as to why I walked away from a job and church I thought I would be at forever are not important. What is important is that God told me to leave the comfort of the familiar (albeit dysfunctional) environment I was in and jump into the unknown. I was scared to death. But, I jumped.
It took me until September to realize I didn’t adjust my goals after this season of change and upheaval. It’s ok if you need to change goals halfway through the year. Goals are plans and you need to stay flexible when they need to change!