2017…Off To A Great Start

I sincerely apologize for being MIA for so long. I guess I’m not the superwoman I thought I was. Towards the end of 2016 I started preparing for some professional exams and somehow imagined that I would be able to combine blogging, my day job and studying but alas… Adult education is not a joke o. Since I was determined not to give my children any opportunity to “throw shades” I put everything into studying especially after the very humbling experience of scoring 56% in one of the preparatory tests. I still remember the mischief in my daughters eyes and voice when she looked and me and said “Mum now you see how it is, don’t worry you’ll be okay”. Seriously I think parents should be made to write exams every once in a while it would definitely help us develop empathy.

So what do you have planned for 2017? If you’re like most people, chances are that you’ve made a few resolutions. Unfortunately research has shown that only about 8% of those who make resolutions actually take intentional steps towards achieving them. 60% of people don’t even bother making any resolutions because they feel really bad when they inevitably break their resolutions so they figure “rather than feel bad, I might as well not bother making any resolutions. What would be would be.” The main problem with that thinking though is that if we shoot at nothing, we would hit it every time! Not the best way to live a fulfilled life. So perhaps rather than make resolutions, why not set your goal(s) for the year. Yep there is a big difference between resolutions and goals.

A goal is something you keep in front of you every day. A resolution is something you wish could happen to you. The main difference between a goal and a resolution is active behavior versus passive behavior. If you have a couple of resolutions floating somewhere in your head or perhaps you’ve shared them with a few close people, lets take it a bit further and metamorphose those resolutions into goals in a few simple steps.

  1. Find somewhere quiet and think about what you really want to achieve this year. Having a strong “why” for wanting what you desire is usually a key ingredient for success. It’s also important that you actually believe that you can achieve what you want.
  2. goalwithoutaplanTake a pen and paper or turn to the notebook app on your phone (I find the app more convenient since I take my phone virtually everywhere. Evernote is a great app to use but there are many others to choose from) and list your goals. I would recommend keeping the number small enough to enable you focus.
  3. Write down specific steps that would take you closer to your goal. Break them down into realistic achievable action plans.
  4. Actually begin to take the steps. It’s interesting and somewhat amusing how sometimes we subconsciously feel we’ve taken steps just because we thought about them. Remember don’t just THINK it Do It.
  5. Every once in a while, track your progress. If you slip up, don’t worry everyone does once in a while. The key thing is don’t stay down. Get back on track and keep moving in the forward direction.
  6. Remain positive and celebrate your success.

Becoming SPHRi certified was one of my goals for 2016 and I’m so glad I achieved it. Yay!!! I’m now a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources – International. There are a few of my 2016 goals that are still work in progress so what I’ve done is to appraise what I need to do differently his year to achieve them. I’ve found out that setting goals for different key areas of my life helps me keep focus on what is really important and allows me to live intentionally rather than by default.

I wish you an amazing & fulfilled 2017.

 

 

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