Dec 4, 2018

Why You Shouldn’t Set Goals January 1st

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Go ahead, picture it: it’s January 1, 2019.

Maybe you’ve just returned from traveling, celebrating the holidays with family. Maybe you’ve been on the go nonstop, entertaining and hosting visiting relatives or your own kiddos, who are home on school break. Maybe you’ve got the sniffles (my household always seems to come down with something this week!).

You’re likely feeling tired, and a little letdown from the build-up to and then excitement of Christmas. But still, there’s a definite flicker of hope inside you — after all, a whole year is ahead of you, and this is the very first day! The possibilities are endless!

And so you sit down and scratch out a few resolutions, because you’re fired up and know you need to make some changes and these ones sound really good right about now:

— Cut out the sugar (because you ate a few too many cookies in December).
— Be nicer to your Mom (because you may have been a little impatient after her third question about when you’re going to get married, have kids, or do something else on her agenda).
— Save more money (because you went a little overboard on the gifts this year).

And so it goes. Here’s the thing: these goals might be exactly where your focus needs to be. Maybe you DO need to eat more leafy greens, grow in patience, or follow a budget.

Or maybe not.

The thing is, it’s really hard to set goals that matter to you when you rush to throw them together in a day, ESPECIALLY when that day is January 1 and you’re feeling all the pressure the world can throw at you to make some – ANY – New Year’s resolutions. Over here, we call that microwaving your goals, and it just can’t compare to homemade, freshly-prepared goals made with love 🙂

And so, instead of setting goals on January 1, we start setting our goals NOW. In December, far away from the pressure of the new year. From here, we can look back at the past year and ahead to the future with clear eyes. We have time to take stock of where we were and where we want to go, what has and hasn’t been working, and what areas of our life have the most opportunity for change. We can set our goals with ease, at our own pace, without comparison or pressure.

And then, by the time January 1 rolls around, we’ll have finished 2018 prepared for what’s next. We’ll have set a few carefully chosen goals we’re passionate about, that we CANNOT WAIT to dig into little by little over the twelve months to come.

Can you picture it? It’s January 1, 2019 and you’re ready.

Instead of doing the same things you’ve always done and forgetting your goals come February (hello goal guilt), you’ve decided to do 2019 the way that works. You didn’t just set S.M.A.R.T. goals, you added the secret sauce: HEART. How? With a simple 3-step guided system that helps you follow through with ease: The PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner.

It all kicked off in early December 2018 (:)) with a step that was so small and simple, you didn’t believe it would do anything! But, to your surprise, it did. Big time. That first step marked your fresh start. It feels so good and you’re never going back to where you used to be on January 1, feeling depleted and defeated as a New Year dawned.

There’s nothing magical about setting goals on January 1. You know a better way, and it starts now.  Order your PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner now and get ready for the one small step that changes everything!

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