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For you resolution junkies looking for guidance in making great things happen in this New Year.

I like the idea of having a WORD that defines my year. 2015’s word was DELIBERATE, which allowed me to take charge, say no, set targets, and map my way to achieving what I set out to do. While I failed to free my home of all clutter, and failed to gain enough weight to make significant gains in strength, I was able to able to accomplish several goals by being deliberate in going about my life.

  • Scored high enough on my GRE to get in NP school.
  • Made my second appearance at the CrossFit Games.
  • Made it through my first semester of Grad School with a 3.75 GPA.

Deliberate for me meant defining my goals and the steps needed to make each goal a reality. Deliberate meant not allowing life to keep me off course. Life, including illnesses and injuries, family needs, job demands, etc certainly has a way of making it tougher to reach your goals, but cannot be used as an excuse to abandon what you set out to accomplish.

The word for 2016 is FOCUS. When searching for my word this year I wanted a word that covered several things. Using an acronym helped me to define.

F-O-C-U-S

F…Forget the phone! Get away from the cell phone, Facebook, and distracting, time-wasting, technology. Checking email, FB, Instagram leads to scrolling, replying, and much wasted time. My husband will appreciate this one and will appreciate me being more attentive when we are together. I justify this activity because of my gym business, however scheduling specific times to take care of this activity should eliminate losing FOCUS during the day.

O…Optimize my time, including managing my calendar, the clock, and my interactions, and staying focused on the task at hand. Strapping on the blinders to stay in the zone and maintain control. Stretching 2 hours of training into an all day ordeal interferes with other goals, family time, and leaves me feeling unproductive.

C…Get Clear about goals and plan. Write down specifically what I want to accomplish. Visualize how accomplishing the goal will make me feel. Try and eliminate clutter in my mind, and in my world. Clarity improves my ability to be effective and productive. This includes the physical clutter of things, but also includes avoiding activities that do not align with or contribute to accomplishing my goals.

U…Understand including listening to understand, reading to understand, reflecting to understand. I often wish that I had paid more attention in history class. Many times we hear things that we don’t really pay attention to because it’s not important to us at the time. Learning to listen, always for understanding, contributes to the library of information in our brain that can be drawn on later. This is particularly important in the quest to achieving a goal.

S…Stay the course including finishing projects, avoiding wavering, digging deeper when motivation wanes or when the task seems difficult and near impossible. Continuously remind yourself of what it will feel like to accomplish the goal, and maybe more importantly, what would it feel like if you do not accomplish your goal.

Resolutions and goals are great, but they mean nothing if we fail to make a plan to achieve them. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, do something about it. You can lose weight. You can stick to an exercise plan. You can stop frivolous spending. You can change your life. There are as many ways to be successful as there are resolutions out there. Find what works for you. What’s your word for 2016?

 

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