Deliberate Success

Be deliberate

As I wrote about my 2018 goals in my last post, I have chosen to be more Deliberate this year — more conscious and intentional with my decisions and my life. I believe this behavior will lead to greater success in all I set out to achieve this year. So to start things on a positive note, I would like to share a quick post with a few words of inspiration for this first week of the new year.

It’s a time for reflecting on last year – what worked and didn’t:

“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the story you’re willing to create.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

And a time for making our plans for this new year to be better than the last:

“You are never too old to set another goal, or dream a new dream.” ~ C. S. Lewis

And finally, for me, it’s a time to embrace my word and focus on what that means for me in building a purposeful path to a successful and happy year:

“The way into the hall of success always passes through the chamber of decision. Decide to be a success; success is deliberate.” ~ Israelmore Ayivor

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I hope you are having the best week! Have you set any goals for 2018 or embraced a word for the year? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers!

Cynthia

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Building a Purposeful Path

As you start with the big picture, ask yourself: What do I have time, energy, and resources to accomplish? What makes me happy and brings me joy. The answers will then help you make your list of goals.

I started reading the Goal Setting Series by Lara Casey this morning (Part 1 here) and wanted to share some quick insights. While 2017 wasn’t my most productive year, I am trying to look past my shortcomings, extend myself some grace, and be happy with what I did accomplish.

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I wrote about some self-care goals for 2017, and at last check I had given myself a solid B-. I would say that was where I ended the year. I am sleeping more and working out regularly. I still need to get away from my desk more at lunch AND not work so many hours – I am going to work on those items more in 2018, as I am building my purposeful path.

Lara’s series can help you take a good look at some areas of your life and determine what is working and not working. That is if you are truly honest with yourself. I mean really honest. If you want to fix something, you have to recognize it’s broken first.

So as you start with the big picture, ask yourself: What do I have time, energy, and resources to accomplish? What makes me happy and brings me joy?  The answers will help you build your list of goals. Here are a few points to consider while setting those goals:

  1. Focus on the positive. Didn’t achieve all your goals this past year? Well neither did I, but I achieved some of them, made progress on others. Think about what worked and what didn’t work. Did you set your goals too high? Remember to make them achievable. Being successful will help keep the momentum going throughout the year.
  2. Break it down. The old saying “Eating the elephant one bite at a time” applies to goals too. As a project manager, I like to think of my goal like a project – what are the tasks and milestones you need to achieve along the way to get across the finish line? And then try to focus on one thing at a time.
  3. Write it down. This helps you commit, and then you can track your progress and go back and review what you want to achieve and how you are doing. I am using my planner for yearly goals, which I can break down into monthly and weekly milestones and To Do’s to help me reach them.
  4. Celebrate progress. And as you are reaching certain milestones along the way, don’t forget to CELEBRATE those steps you have achieved. Be proud of what you have done, and don’t dwell on what you haven’t.

I hope I have given you some things to get you started on your goal setting journey. I will be reading through Lara Casey’s series the next few days, so I hope you check it out too! One of my goals this year is to determine if I am going to make the time to keep blogging, or if I should let it go for now. More to come on that…

Cheers!

Cynthia

 

 

 

Do Something Different

Thomas Jefferson said, “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” Do something different. Step outside your comfort zone. I have done exactly that several times in the past several years: I started this blog. Changed roles at work. Twice! Changed departments once. I was able to do this because: I believe in myself and my capabilities; I am not content to stay put; and I push myself to learn new things, have new experiences, and GROW. Continue reading “Do Something Different”