Why I’m Not Rushing to Set My 2016 Goals

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2016 goal setting

Have you started and completed your 2016 goal setting yet?

If you haven’t, and you’re stressing about it, stop! As we see this time of year every year, there are loads of blog posts, articles, and worksheets going around encouraging us to think about and plan our goals. Of course, much of the content is inspiring and motivating. I wrote a goal setting post myself and amĀ on an ambition mission in 2016 to complete even more than I did in 2015. I’m super stoked about it; I must say. Download my goal setting worksheet to start your ambition mission next year. But don’t get caught up in getting it done as soon as possible.
While planning out what you want to accomplish in the next year is wonderful. I want to make it clear that it’s not necessary, nor is it possible, to have a solid plan before midnight tonight. I can sense the urgency fluttering about online to complete those vision boards, put the finishing touches on those business plans, and get to the last page of those worksheets. If you haven’t completed it yet, don’t bother. Honestly. Put it all away and enjoy the last day of 2015. You can get to it tomorrow or this weekend or next week!

Goal setting is fluid. It’s not set in stone.

You can say you’re going to write a book in the new year (this is my biggest goal yet), but piecing together the “hows” and the “whats” can’t be jotted down without several changes being made as your vision manifests itself. We can’t control much of our lives, and that includes how our goals are achieved.

Remember, part of planning for and achieving our goals is self-care.

Take a moment to listen to your mind and your body. Take a warm bath tonight. Toast Champagne with good friends. Sleep all day tomorrow if you can and want to (I only wish. My two boys would never have it). Spend quality time with your family. Do something other than goal planning for at least a couple of days and then come back to it. Don’t pressure yourself to have everything done by midnight tonight because, otherwise, you might find your plans aren’t things you truly want. If you want to look back on 2016 this time next year with a heart filled with gratitude and a sense of accomplishing, know this:

Every year we grow. As a result, your mindset changes. Your goals reflect that. It’s a great idea to have an idea of what you’d like to do but don’t get so caught up in what you’re writing down today that might change tomorrow. Goal setting doesn’t just stop when the clock strikes midnight. It continues into the days ahead.

On that note, have a Happy New Year! And I look forward to embarking on an ambition mission and a mindset shift with you in 2016!

 

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