My Word for 2017

If you have read my blog for a while, you know that, in addition to creating goals each year, I also determine my three focus words for each year. My words for 2016 were authentic, focus and mercy.

My Word for 2017

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For 2017, I have decided to do things a little differently and focus on just one word:

Courage

2017 is going to be a year of getting out of my comfort zone. It is going to be a year of growth and movement and stretching for me. I don’t know exactly what this will look like in the coming year but I am excited about the possibilities (and a little nervous)!

How about you? Do you come up with a focus word each year? Are you starting the practice for the first time? What are your words? Do share in the comments!

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Your Writing Sucks (And Other Self-Defeating Lies)

I have to tell on myself here. It is only the third week in February and I have already bombed on two of my goals. Let’s not even thing about the fact that I am crushing it in other goal area. Oh, no, let’s just focus on the negative, shall we?!

One of the goals I bombed is researching and writing at least one guest post a month and the other one is to create at least two videos per month.

Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real

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What is stopping me from achieving these goals? Fear, of course, and self-defeating back talk. Whenever I sit down to look into places to guest post my mind starts whirling: “Your writing sucks. Why bother? No one wants to read what you have to say. It is one thing to write on your own blog and another to write for someone else’s!”

As for the videos, I keep adding it to my to-do list but then it conveniently gets pushed below other things I have/want to do. It is easier to not just think about it!

However, those self-defeating lies are just that – LIES. I remember someone telling me a long time ago that fear really stands for “false evidence appearing real.” I don’t know who came up with that acronym but it is SPOT ON.

Here is the TRUTH: My writing is good enough. I AM good enough. And guess what?

YOUR WRITING IS GOOD ENOUGH. YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH.

You matter. Your voice matters. If you believe you have a message than you need to put it out to the world. The world needs what you have to say and/or give. Sure, it can be scary and make you feel vulnerable. However, the reward can be so much greater than the fear.

Of course, it is so easy to say/write that. Intellectually we know the benefits of getting past our fear. It is acting on that knowledge and doing the act we fear that is so difficult! At least for me. Am I the only one?!

So, as for me, I am going to push through and kick fear in the butt. I AM going to get a video done and look for a place to guest post. And yes, when I find a place that may be a good fit, I am going actually going to apply to write a guest post by the end of the month.

Now, it is your turn. What is on your goal or wish list? What is stopping you from following through? More importantly, what are you going to do this month to kick fear in the butt and make that goal an accomplishment? Do share in the comments so I can cheer you on and support you. 🙂

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Goals for 2016

Several years ago, I stopped making “resolutions” and started creating specific, action-oriented goals. Maybe it was the change in terminology or maybe a change in perspective, I don’t know, but doing that made a huge difference for me.

I think the problem was that they resolutions were too general. I would start out great but then after a couple of months I would abandon them with frustration and feeling like a failure. However, when I started writing goals, I would do my best to be as specific as possible and use a checklist as I completed them. What a difference it made! No, it didn’t go perfectly all the time (nothing does!) but seeing the visual progress on the checklist helped me to keep going and I accomplished more than I ever thought I would.

My Goals for 2016

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Therefore, of course, I am continuing that practice for 2016. I have some personal goals I want to accomplish but I also have some specific business goals, too. I share them here in hopes that they will inspire you as you think about and create your own goals for the new year:

1. Officially launch my author/writing business

2. Write and publish one guest post per month

3. Create at least two videos or video series per month

4. Read at least one business or writing book per month

5. Post to social media at least 3x per week (Mostly to Facebook & LinkedIn, I think.)

6. Post to carolda.com at least 2 times per week.

7. Join 2 support groups/master minds and attend at least one virtual/on site conference this year

I think seven to ten goals are plenty to start with. I will probably revise or add to these as the year goes by. I am also planning to do an update in June to help keep me accountable.

What are your goals for 2016? Do share in the comments!