“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13 -14
While shredding paperwork in my home office the other day, I came across a piece of paper which reflected New Year’s Resolutions my cousin, Lashon, and I made in 2010. Typical of resolutions, we committed to achieving several goals by the end of the year. Most memorable about the exercise was the enthusiasm generated by writing down our resolutions. To incentivize one another, we agreed the reward for achieving our goals would be a day at the spa. To solidify our resolutions, Lashon and I signed the paper which noted our resolutions to further solidify our commitment to accomplishing our goals. While several of the goals my cousin and I committed to achieving four years ago were unfulfilled, what has remained consistent over the years is our commitment to support each other in every endeavor and to continue to set goals that get us closer to our life “big picture.”
Year after year the practice of creating New Year’s Resolutions continued. These annual resolutions range from my commitment to living a healthier life (still a work in progress), learning a foreign language to identifying a hobby. As we approach the time of year when many will begin to make New Year Resolutions, this year I choose to make Personal Commitments.
How does one begin to create personal commitments? First, spend time brainstorming your life “big picture.” I suggest categorizing into focus areas. For example:
Once focus areas are determined, establish goals for each area. If overwhelmed by the process of creating your life’s “big picture,” consider using the goal setting SMART technique to assist you to create impactful goals.
S – Significant
M – Measurable
A – Action Oriented/Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time-bound
The SMART technique guides you in the direction of setting realistic goals. I encourage you to prioritize your goals and establish realistic completion dates. Over the years, I have come to realize there is power in the pen – write your goals down and frequently revisit your progress. Let’s be real… life happens! Derailments are bound to occur, just stay the course and alter timeframes when necessary.
What personal commitments are you willing to make today that you’ll thank yourself for in the future?
Tracy Moore is a certified career and life coach driven by a singular vision, to empower people to rewrite their life story and view transition as a starting point. She is passionate about empowering others to clarify their purpose, set goals, and take action. Her daily mantra is Nothing in your past, determines your future! Tracy resides in NJ with her husband Glenn and two heartbeats Miles & Zachary. Connect with Tracy on Twitter via @Tracy_MMoore.
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