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Stay Focused on Your Goals

Happy December!

Throughout the year, I have been sharing methods you can use to help identify and achieve your goals.  Click here to review these posts.

As we move through December and the holiday season, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain our focus on the goals we set for ourselves several months ago.  Work, family, parties, shopping, etc. can all serve as distractions that weaken our resolve or even undo the progress we have made thus far.  In addition, feelings of apathy or failure can creep in and suddenly we are thinking, “Well, I have not achieved my goal yet.  There is no point in trying now with only a few weeks left in the year.  I think I’ll give up!  Maybe next year…”  Yikes!!!!!

Despite the stress, frenzy, and interruptions to our “normal” routine this time of year brings, NOW is the time to recommit yourself to your goals. You have worked too hard all year to let your dreams fall by the wayside even for a few short weeks.

Here is what I would like to propose you do to stay on track:

  • Spend a few moments today reviewing your goals for the year.  
  • Determine which 1-2 of those goals you will have the most difficult time staying true to through December.
    • Will holiday shopping interfere with the financial goals you set for yourself?
    • Will the constant barrage of holiday parties, drinks, and cookies wreak havoc with your health and fitness goals?
    • Will extra time spent socializing and running errands block one of your personal goals?
  • Take out a 4×6 index card (or a piece of paper) and write down 3-4 things you are committed to doing to keep your focus on your goal.
  • Post the card somewhere you will see it several times a day and be reminded to stay focused.

Here is an example of the commitments I made for December.

One of my goals was to pay down my credit card debt through 2016.  I have been somewhat successful in doing so, however I LOVE to buy presents at Christmas!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!  Unfortunately this conflicts with my debt-reducing goal.  So, here are the commitments I made to my finances this month:

  1. I am committed to asking before EVERY purchase, is this a “want” or a “need”?
  2. I am committed to sticking to my monthly budget.  
    1. BTW – I budgeted a small amount of money for “wants” this month.
  3. I am committed to tracking my daily expenses and revenues.
  4. I am committed to putting a minimum of $100 into my savings account this month.

So there you have it, a simple surefire way to maintain your focus on your goals for the remainder of 2016.  Give it a try, and let me know if it works for you!

Wishing you a safe, successful holiday season!

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Thank You Thursday


Make a list of 10 (or more) things you said,  “thank you”, for today.

Remember to include the more mundane things like: getting all green lights on your morning commute, not spilling your coffee while carrying 5 other things, finding your favorite pen under the seat of your car, and remembering to renew your gym membership on time.  These things may seems silly and trite but little things like these make up the bulk of our day, so why not express gratitude for each and every one?


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Meet and Greet: 11/26/16

Dream Big, Dream Often


It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times! It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want. It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media. Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

See ya on Monday!!

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Stop Complaining

What have you been complaining about lately?  Your health, your finances, your job, your family, the election?

When we complain, we invest our energy and focus on what is wrong.  Have you ever noticed that the more you complain about something the worse it seems to get?  Your lazy kids get lazier, the snail’s pace traffic gets slower, and that cold you have only gets more miserable the more you talk about it.    The reason is, the more attention you give the negatives the more negatives you can find to give attention to.  You draw it to you.  Unfortunately, the more things we create to complain about the more frustrated and unhappy we become and, thanks to the Law of Attraction,  the more unhappy we become the more situations we encounter to make us unhappy and give us something to complain about.  It becomes a vicious cycle.

Luckily, the is a way to break the cycle.  Finding ways to reframe the situation and identify the positives interrupts the pattern of negative attention and draws us into a more empowering and uplifting state of mind.  Yes, the traffic may be crawling along but it gives you extra time to listen to that audiobook you’ve been enjoying.  Maybe your kids are lazy, but at least they are healthy.  Refocusing your attention to the positive relieves stress and anxiety as well as increases feelings of satisfaction and joy.

A game I like to play when I find myself complaining about something is, to make a list of 5-10 things I “LOVE” about that thing.  This may seem like a tall order, especially if you are particularly irritated by a situation, but the Law of Attraction has your back here.  The more you focus on what you love the more things you can come up with to love.  It may take a few days to build a list, but if it makes you happier and more relaxed, isn’t it worth a few days?

I love my car, but she is getting older and having a few “healthy problems” of late and so I find myself complaining about her (yes, my car is a “her”).  Here is a list of things I LOVE about my sweet little Prius:

  1. I love my car because she is fuel efficient.
  2. I love my car because she is reliable.
  3. I love my car because all of the equipment I need for work fits in her perfectly.
  4. I love my car because she is comfortable to drive on long trips.
  5. I love my car because my dog can get in and out of her easily.


Now it’s your turn.  As you are speak with friends and family or to yourself, take notice of how often you are complaining and what it is your are complaining about, then when you have a moment sit down and write your “love list”.

Try it out, have fun, and as always leave your comments below!

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!