Happy Saturday! How has your day been?? Well the holiday’s are officially over and I am a tad sad about this, but also super excited for this year.
You all know that I have my goals set for 2010 and I have received a whack of emails and questions asking me how someone who has never set goals before should go about doing this. Setting goals are a must for you to get from A to B – without goals I find I just flounder around without a purpose.
Here is how you can start on setting Goals:
Sit quietly in a place that you find comforting – for myself this is either Starbucks on my Living Room.
I always have a book dedicated to the year and the Goals. At the top of the first page I will write out “Goals For 2010″, on the next sheet will be “Goals for the next 3-5 years”.
Your goals should always be simple, clear, measurable, challenging, and in writing.
The goals should always have a realistic time frame and dates set to achieve each goal.
Once your goals are set on paper it is important to beak the goals down with action items.
This means for example if one of your goals is to Become Healthier this year you can set action items such as these:
“I will only drink 3 cups of coffee per week” (lol, one of mine!)
“I will start working out 3 times a week for 45 minutes”
Now you have set an action item to actually get you to achieving your goal.
I know many people who have a goal to “lose weight” this year. Remember to be specific with your goals and resolutions because when you say “lose weight” what does that mean? You don’t want to lose anything because when you lose something you find it. You don’t want to FIND your weight again, you want to keep it off.
What happens when you lose your keys? You find them! Make sure you state your ideal weight for your goal. “I will weight 140 pounds by April 3oth, 2010″. And make an action item for this goal -”I will be at the gym 4 times a week”.
Now that your goals and the appropriate action items are written down it is critical to revisit these goals everyday (I do mine first thing in the morning and again before bed) and visualize yourself reaching your goals.
On a side note - I find it very beneficial to eliminate the words: try, should, and can’t out of my vocabulary especially when writing my goals. I will not write “I will try to exercise more”. I know try is not a powerful word to me and is non motivational, so I don’t use it when setting goals!
Like I stated above, it is majorly important to set dates when goal setting – this allows yourself to know by February the 16th 2010 I WILL have 105 followers on my blog. I am a firm believe that what you think about you bring about and when you KNOW that by February 16th you will have 105 followers on your blog this will happen.
Because yesterday was still a holiday I decided I would bake another batch of cookies that we could enjoy this weekend. I adjusted my own Kitchen Cupboard Cookie recipe and used Pecan flour instead of Almond Flour.
OH.MY.GOODNESS!!! Pecan flour makes these cookies a tad sweeter and puffier. I loved these cookies so much and highly recommend placing some pecans in the food processor and whirling them up for flour for you next cookies. Pecans go hand in hand with chocolate so it is very nice with the chocolate chips in these cookies.
Take a look!
I am setting my coffee limit to Friday, Saturday and Sunday – My little weekend treat.Over the holiday season I seem to have been taken back to my love of coffee and well….I need to stop it! So I have my good ol’ substitute out – Krakus. I added a smidge of almond milk to it so I could take the “edge” off. Normally I like my coffee black but this stuff is not as tasty as coffee to me….so in went the milk!
My questions to you today are kind of all over the map -
Have you Written your Goals down for this year? Do you know a good Coffee Substitute?