How Are Those Goals Going?
No need to get hung up on the calendar and January 1 as an arbitrary date. Has the house settled down? Any "CEO Day" for yourself yet? How about (more realistically!) a "CEO Hour" for yourself! #reality!
Still Working on Goals?
Same! They've been percolating in my brain, with some ongoing that just work to keep me moving forward. Time to start writing them and get a bit more intentional.
I've noted a variety of goal setting ideas and philosophies the past month. Check these other blog posts here and here. I've been leaning into Jon Acuff's approach to goal setting after catching a video workshop at the start of the month and I've been binge listening to his audiobooks (he reads them - totally love when an author reads their own book!). I've finished Start and am listening to Finish now. I'm looking forward to listening to Soundtracks, but I think his latest All It Takes Is A Goal will be my next Audible monthly read.
Simplicity Is Crucial
Life move fast and Time is short. For me to deal with goals, they have to be fairly limited in number and focused or they lose me. I'm moving forward with a scaled back version of what Jon suggests. I'll note his basic process below.
Tracking and Motivating
So, how do you keep these brilliant ideas in mind? I've seen a number of ways in a Facebook group of Jon's.
Don't Get Too Uptight
I've heard the 2nd Friday in January is known as Quitter's Day! Two weeks into the random start date of January 1, folks give up and move on. (I generalize both start and quit days in my world) Two weeks.
As I read Jon's books, Perfectionism is often to blame for quitting goals. I can definitely see that. Whenever you fall off the wagon, lose that commitment, lose that streak of days, folks are done - game over! - why bother. I get it. That's easy. But I'm a stubborn cuss.
I like to think of each new day as a brand new slate - opportunity - adventure. Had a daily goal? Try again tomorrow! Missed a week? Get going and just START.
Maybe Scale Back
I caught a few ideas in Jon's book FInish.
Perfectionism Is Killer
As soon as we miss a day or a streak, we stop. Maybe give yourself the gift of Grace and Time. Don't aim for perfect. Aim for doing. Aim for simply moving forward. Tomorrow's a new day. We've got this.
I'd be honored to be part of helping you achieve your goals! If you're looking to start a project or business but don't feel you have all the skills, don't let that stop you - partner with others! Things are going well - maybe even too well - and you could use a hand? I'd be thrilled to help you succeed! Let's Chat!
How Is 2024 Looking?
How were your holidays? Any downtime to do that reflecting and business planning or goal setting? Me neither! LOL!
Best of Intentions
Oh, I had every intention to get it done! But Life. Family at home. Not as quiet as I hoped or anticipated. Things needing done. Distractions. Diversions. Life.
Any Time Is A Good Time!
Don't let the calendar stop you! I'm sure not! I discovered another amazing podcast resource to share - Jon Acuff's All It Takes Is A Goal. You don't want to miss it! The guy is positive energy and inspiring. I love his podcast format - just chatting with friends and down to earth real. He does a 30-second version of his podcast to start - seriously - just the key take away. Boom! Done! Orrrrrr - stick around for about 20 minutes for the full details. Such a simple formula!
Turns out as I was listening to earlier podcast episodes, he's been promoting New Year Resolutions since the beginning of December. The idea is to take the time to test out your goals, get into a rhythm with them. (when is a good time to work out in your schedule?)
Ready for A Challenge?
Jon has a Fail-Proof Resolutions Challenge going on for a limited time. The live version was January 3-5 (yes, ended today), but you can still sign up to get all the goods to watch for free by Monday, January 8th! Not sure about that timing? He has a VIP package option for lifetime access to the videos. He's also breaking up the material on his podcast over the course of 6 weeks. I'm totally in for that! I was taking notes from his January 1 release, the first in the series. Jon offers many books for sale and they're available on Libby as audio books for free (connected with your library) - amazing! He also has a couple of very affordable courses. Do stop by his website to sign up for his newsletter and see what he has going on!
January 1 is such a completely arbitrary point. Start TODAY! Who cares! We're making our own rules here!
Have any big goals you're aiming for? Love to hear about them - Let's Chat! (business inquiry not necessary - seriously - let's simply chat)