How is that new year, new you going? How much money have you saved since the New Year? What changes have you made to improve your health? Whatever your 2018 New Year goals were, where are you now and where do you want to be by the end of 2018?
Can you believe that just three months ago we were setting new intentions and going in to 2018 with so much to look forward to? As we spring forward with Daylight Savings and the new season approaching, it's important that we take some time to step back and reflect on the goals we set back in January. I believe one of the main problems with only setting goals for the New Year is we rarely check on our progress until the year is almost over. So this year, I decided to do something drastically different and follow the goal setting agenda of The 12 Week Year. The 12 Week Year is a book that explains how to leverage the power of a 12 week year to drive improved results in any area of your life. The book also offers a how-to guide for both individuals and organizations seeking to improve their execution.
While I haven’t followed the goal setting agenda fully, I really appreciate having a roadmap and strategy to go back to weekly to make sure that my actions are aligned with my goals. I really appreciated being able to make a 5-year and 3-year plan on my personal relationships, mental health, physical health, financial wealth and professional journey. Being able to sit and write down what I want my life to be instead of waiting for it to happen was really powerful. It provided a strong foundation for me to do some intentional goal setting.
However, if you aren’t into self-help books and just want some clear ways to spring forward and refocus on your goals, here are few suggestions:
Develop a Plan with Action Steps and Stick to It
Don’t let your friends, family or haters stop you! You set these goals for a purpose, so make it impossible for you to disappoint yourself. Make a personal agreement to review your goals once a month and adjust as needed. One of my goals for 2018 is to get stronger. While, I still haven’t met my goal of being able to do fifty push-ups non-stop, I have increased my squats max, bench max and overall endurance. Now that I know how my body gains strength, I’ve adjusted my strength goals and the amount of time it will take to reach my goal. I plan to continue to revisit this goal and adjust it accordingly. Don’t be afraid to be your own boss!
Keep an Affirmation Journal
Keep a journal with affirmations from you favorite QTPOC writers, poets, rappers, singers, and influences. It's important that we are not only committed to productivity, but also to refueling. There is no better way to refuel than to vibe to some words created by people that look like you and walk similar paths as you. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Do Some Social Media Spring Cleaning
Are you following people, news outlets or anything that is no longer serving you? Take sometime to de-clutter your social life. If you are feeling brave enough try a social media cleanse.
Add an exciting event to your calendar as a reward for accomplishing your goals. Spring means we are only a few months away from Pride in every major city annnnnnd OTR II!
Don't be afraid to pick up that journal, refocus your goals, create a new vision board and get back into living your best life. You have nothing to be ashamed of! If you haven't started building on one of your New Year goals, start today! As LGBT people, we are often discriminated against and we are often in spaces where achieving greatness becomes more difficult. We have to put in more effort to keep ourselves motivated, to resist "overworking" ourselves to meet others expectations and constantly refocus our goals to be aligned with the lives we want to live.