James (my husband) and I spent last week working through Lara Casey's Powersheets, digging deep into the why's, pinpointing the heart, and discovering the goals we have individually and together. It was incredible. If you haven't heard of Lara's Powersheets, I encourage you to make the leap, buy them and work through them. The outcome is worth every hour. We sat down, set everything else aside and put pen to paper. We realized that we both have big dreams, reachable and definitely doable, but long term. After looking back at 2015, there were definitely areas that needed improvement. While it's perfectly ok to not be perfect, you need to keep standards high so as not to become lazy and laxadaisical, goals set so you have something to run towards and build motivation and challenges to better yourself as a person. With the improvement needed and the hope to better ourselves for our children, our businesses and each other, we decided 2016 was going to be our year! A bold and nerve wracking statement but don't some goals need to be? After all, those kind of goals cause you to push harder, to persevere and to fight. While this goal may seem huge, the meat of it comes from consistency and intentionality.
As I've said before -- I desire transparency. I want my readers to leave encouraged and motivated, taking the information given and using it to move mountains in their own businesses. With that, I wanted to share a few big goals for myself, personally and for The Refinery in 2016. You'll see as you read through that each of these go hand in hand.
Let's face it. It is super easy to get caught in routine, to talk without having actual conversation, to do because it's expected, to live without noticing the effect and to allow life to pass us by until you realize another year has come and gone and you have very little to show for it. Living intentionally is huge. If we took into consideration the effect being intentional with your words, actions and time has on not only your own life but the lives of others around you, I would dare say that choosing to live intentional lives would become the norm. However, people are too busy to stop and take notice. They allow the mundane, busyness, or hustle to be the norm, which rarely benefits anyone. Being intentional goes beyond what we see.
My goal: to be very intentional with every word, with every minute. To encourage, to love, and to strive to make an impact on others for the purpose of their gain and the furthering of the kingdom.
We all have to admit -- Instagram is beautiful! Seeing creatives using their gifts in beautiful, glorious ways is captivating. If we ask ourselves honestly, do you want what they have?, what would be your answer. I can almost guarantee that everyone has wanted to look like that, have that, be like that, etc. We take what they have and figure out a way to make it ours. Is it helpful? No. We can become robots, living through other people's lives, forsaking our own. Authenticity is defined as real or genuine: not copied or false. Satisfaction comes with being true to who YOU are, not to who someone else is.
My goal: to unfollow those I feel cause me to want to copy, to make choices and decisions that are true to who I am and who I want to be, to be more creative, to be a leader and less of a follower and to be content with I was made to be and appreciate the flaws and the quirks.
LIMITING SCREEN TIME
Did you cringe? I did. If I were to take the amount of time I've spent staring at a glowing screen and add it back to my life, I would gain months, probably even years. Embarrassed? You bet. How crazy is it that so often conversation happens through messaging, that getting sucked into a 6 season series is readily available by a single click and how following other people's lives can take away from your own life. Crazy. I fall victim to this over and over again. I mean, seriously, Instagram is beautiful and catching up on your favorite show(s) is relaxing. But we have dreams, we have goals and spending countless hours in front of a screen only pushes them becoming attainable out further.
My goal: to limit screen time to only the necessary (ie. social media audience interaction, inspiration, marketing, etc.), to take the hours that would have otherwise been spent in front of a screen and read a book, do something active, spend time with those I love and/or sit and be still, allowing my mind to take a break and rest in knowing that He knows and has a plan.
Being organized just makes sense, right? Organization = More Time. Having systems in place in every area of life allows for less confusion, chaos and wasted time spent frantically searching or trying to remember every little thing you had to do or process you have. By having an organized home, workflow, client files, etc., you give your mind the opportunity to work in bigger, more meaningful ways. Your mind becomes clutter free and can focus on your goals and dreams, writing steps on how to get there even faster. One of the business women I greatly admire is Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner. She is currently hosting an Instagram challenge, the Simplicity Challenge, and I encourage you to jump on board! It's a challenge to simplify your lives, so you can focus on what really matters.
My goal: to organize my business, home and mind, to create systems that work for me and the way my brain functions, to take it one step at a time, to have these systems in place by the end of January, to be consistent.
All of these goals are huge BUT within reach! I'm really excited to start this journey and to live a more satisfying, joyful life. Will you join me? What are your goals for the new year?