It’s that time of the year again: we’re all setting “resolutions” and praying that we’ll carry them beyond the next few weeks. If you’re like I was for the past several years, you’ll probably (mostly) fail.
But I’m hoping that this year will be different for both of us, and the going wisdom is that the key to success is to forgo making resolutions in favor of establishing goals. Goals that are specific and measurable. Goals with action plans, and even deadlines.
I’ve managed to script eight distinct goals for myself over the past month thanks, in part, to some great resources I chose to prescribe to in 2016. While not all of these resources will be helpful for everyone, I sincerely hope you find among them something new and relevant to guide you along your path.
Here’s to new goals, new efforts, many blessings, and success!
1. Michael Hyatt is a bestselling author and personal mentor. I stumbled across his work quite recently via several other blogs I follow. He offers a podcast and an email newsletter along with several other amazing free resources, and though I haven’t yet been able to spring for any of the paid ones, I’m sure they’re well worth the expense. I attended his free goal-setting webinar back in December and it’s been tremendously helpful in my prep for a successful 2017.
You can find his website – and tons of free resources – HERE.
2. Kayse Pratt’s website, Intentional Moms ~ Kayse is a sweet, Godly, and genuine woman who writes about the day to day struggles of being a wife, mother, and Christian. This year I’m using her Organized Life Planner, and I love it so far! It’s such a unique resource for managing whatever is going on in my life, and it gives me space and guidance to prioritize, establish a focus, keep track of daily habits, set and plan goals, etc. Truly one-of-a-kind. I’m also following her Scripture Study Plan for the year, and I’m really excited for this new opportunity to grow closer to God. Check her out – she has an email list, some awesome free resources and courses, and also several that are very reasonably priced.
3. James Clear writes all about improving your life. I’ve been on his mailing list for over a year now, and I appreciate that he doesn’t bombard his subscribers with emails – you’ll get one a week or less after initially signing up. His articles are some of the most well-researched I’ve come across. Some are lengthy, but all are highly readable and worthy of your time. Past articles and several other resources are available on his website, including an extensive reading list that, in my opinion, is pretty top-notch. Definitely a guy worth following! You can find him HERE.
4. Medium is a website where anyone can submit articles on pretty much any topic. Mostly, these are opinion pieces on life, politics, self-improvement, etc. Although I subscribe to some more standard news sites, I find Medium refreshing for the variety and realism it provides. As with many similar websites, you can sign up for a conglomerate newsletter that recommends articles on topics of your choice.
5. Bullet Journal ~ If you’ve not heard of a bullet journal (bujo) before, you need to check. it. out. It’s the ultimate customizable planning/logging system that can be as simple or complicated, expensive or cheap, pretty or basic as you want to make it. I’m in love with this concept and have used it successfully. While I have decided to utilize an actual planner for 2017 (thanks to Kayse Pratt!), I’m still using my bullet journal to keep all of my thoughts/lists/notes/etc. organized easily in one place. CHECK IT OUT. Also google it, because there’s so much more than this!