5 Steps to meeting your goals in 2017

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    As caregivers, Nurses sometimes give much of themselves and often forget to focus on their own goals and desires. This article serves as a brief synopsis as to how to stay focused this new year in order to fulfill a purpose or passion in life. Do not let another year go by in a job you do not enjoy. Consider persisting on a road less traveled.

    5 Steps to meeting your goals in 2017

    2017 is right around the corner! We are almost at the point where yet another year ends and a new one begins! This is always a very refreshing time for me. One where old things are complete, and new things begin. Personally, I look forward to my daughters 1st birthday, my son entering the teenage years (13) and both my husband and my businesses continue to flourish. I have already set 5 goals in my Nursing business, that I have begun working on already. How about you? Has it even crossed your mind or are you one of those people that has everything planned out until the year 2020?

    I posted a Facebook Live video this morning in my closed group speaking on the above. Yes, it truly is a good time of year to put your ducks in a row and line them up. But it all begins with a good assessment of where you are now, and where you want to be at some time in the future. Are you happy with your job? Desire to make more money? Desire to learn a new skill or obtain a certification? How about becoming an entrepreneur and work for yourself? This also depends on your "potential" aka ability and readiness to take action. Goals do not mean much if we do not muster up the courage and faith to take the first step. Like the old adage says "nothing changes if nothing changes".

    Let’s take some steps to get it done this time! What is holding you back? Time, fear, resources, know how? Once you figure out the barrier, you can then gain clarity on how to move them and then begin to move forward toward your BIG goal.

    Step 1:

    So what is it that you are desiring? This is your “why”. New relationship? New job? To pursue a dream? Find “it”, make it clear and pursue it with all you might.

    Step 2:

    Consider a partner or buddy to speak with and set S.M.A.R.T. goals with. Consider hiring a Coach to help keep you accountable. Connect with a prayer partner. “P.U.S.H. = Pray Until Something Happens”.

    Step 3:

    Create your road map. Plan. Journal. Write it down. Set monthly goals in your calendar. But please, don’t keep it all in your head. Visualize yourself meeting your goal on a daily basis. This will help build your confidence and gives you a reference point to reflect upon when times get tough.

    Step 4:

    Take action. Start your research. Network. Connect with other Nurses and support them. Commit to your goals. It all starts with the first step. The journey of a thousand miles begins with the very first step.

    Step 5:

    Re-evaluate your progress often. Review and analyze your progress. Just as with a road trip, you watch for signs along the road to ensure that you are on the right path and that you arrive at your destination in a timely manner. If you find you took a wrong turn or detour, get back on track asap and do not repeat the same mistake twice.

    Let’s go and get it done this time! Do not allow another 365 days to pass you by while arriving at the same destination each year. It can be so easy to procrastinate, let time go by, put things off, or forget our own goals when we are so busy taking care of others. Sometimes its “A- OK” to be a little selfish! With a little bit of focus and a lot of persistence, this time next year could look very different and much more fulfilling for you.
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    5 Comments

  3. by   Buyer beware
    The subtitle should be "get a life."
  4. by   Davey Do
    Good, solid advice, Michelle.

    Love your avatar.
  5. by   Michelle Rhodes
    Thanks! Inch by inch its a cinch!
  6. by   Nurse Beth
    This is inspiring! It's easy to spend time on activities that don't move us forward, just keep us super busy! This year I am going to stay more focused on doing what brings me joy.
  7. by   Brian S.
    I make it a point to set a few somewhat large goals for each year and also look back at them as the year draws to a close. Even if you only achieve half of the goals which you set out at the beginning of the year, trying to achieve them is half the battle – plus it makes coming up with new goals for the following year that much easier!

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