METRO MOM: Setting goals and keeping resolutions

Another year has come to a close. Everyone loves a fresh start and it’s exciting to look forward to see what the future holds in the coming days.

I believe we become better and stronger each day, and we have the past to thank for that. As we continue our journey, we need to look back at all the good things that came, in order for us to assess how we can make life better in the coming years. No matter the challenges you encountered, there is always something to be grateful for. Reflect on what you accomplished, give yourself a pat on the back, and move on.

As one song says, “Carry on, carry on.”

Welcoming the new year also means making new plans, goals and resolutions. What did you have in your set of goals the past years? How many have you actually completed and ticked off your bucket list? Jotting down plans and resolutions may seem so easy, but once you start going through all the nitty-gritty details and actions needed to realize those goals, we sometimes tend to think twice. In other cases, some dreams are just left on paper and not put into action as the year progresses.

They say following through life goals is pretty much like a business plan. I guess coming from the corporate world, I can very much relate to this. Creating goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based is one of the best strategies to define and stick to your goals. The more specific you are, the greater the probability of you achieving it since you know exactly what you want.

Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I work best with life goals written down on a notebook, instead of saving them on my smart phone or computer. Both gadgets, to me, present so many distractions, and, when it comes to planning my days, I need undivided attention. So, I rely on my notes.

This year, instead of buying an organizer, I got myself a workbook, for a change.

Plans and Purposes is a 12-month workbook created by Olivia Women, a group of ladies in Manila brought together by faith and calling. Plans and Purposes is a tool which can help everyone write down plans they want to pursue, detail out the action steps, review progress and setbacks, using worksheets that will help track your three top plans for a year. It helps breakdown your goals into smaller action steps, which you can then review at the end of every month. Think of it as that one notebook to track your progress and setbacks, list all your contacts, and even a journal where you can compose a prayer about those plans.

Another one that’s worth keeping is Blangko by April San Pedro. It is a hardbound journal from the Artisan Paperie line, with blank sheets where you can compose your vision board.

A vision board is a powerful visualization tool, serving as a concrete representation of where you are going. Your mind responds to visual stimulation. The pictures and images that you use to characterize your goals strengthen and stimulate emotions and energy, which can then activate the Law of Attraction. You are also programming your brain to affirm and achieve the statements and goals you give your subconscious mind.

When mapping out actions and strategies, it’s a good idea to keep your sheet free from clutter — the same way that you don’t want to draw in chaos into your days. Keep everything simple and clear, to help you focus on the words and images which put meaning to your purpose and inspire optimism and enthusiasm.

To accomplish all your goals, you have to make an effort to go through them every week or every day, whether you are into creative journaling or written words. These writings and images will continue to play repeatedly in your subconscious mind, and help you attract the right energy and vibes to act on those plans. Giving yourself a constant reminder of your goals will keep you motivated, while setting a well-defined and realistic schedule and time frame will create a sense of urgency. Remember to measure your progress, so you can also keep track of where you are in your timeline.

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Blangko is available at the Artisan Paperie shop, located along V. Mapa, Mabini Street, Davao City.