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I recently listened to the book, The One Thing, on audible and it drastically changed my thought process on making my goals for the upcoming year. The book really helped me to be super focused on my goal setting for 2016 and pick specific, attainable goals.
The book, The One Thing, also made me set fewer goals this year. I set 8 instead of my usual 10.
You might also notice if you are a regular reader of my goal posts that I didn’t set one for my spirit this year and that is because I feel like I have settled into a good routine of bible reading and I don’t feel at all moved to tweak it or change it. I am still working my way through the bible from Genesis to Revelation and will continue in that probably all year.
Read one business book each month
I will, as in years past, set out to read 52 books in 2016. However, since I have mastered that goal several years in a row, I am going to add reading 12 business books over the year to it.
I find myself reaching for whatever book I want to read and I want to challenge my mind more this year with business books like The One Thing.
I am thinking of keeping my audible account going past the 3 month trial I got for just $9 from Living Social (the deal is still available last time I checked) and devouring the business books this way. The regular membership price for audible is $15 a month and since I would have to buy these books anyways (I want newer titles than I could find through my favorite free sources), I think $15 would work out to be a fairly reasonable way of grabbing the titles I want when I want.
Plus, listening to these titles in audio format would allow me to consume these books while working out, knitting, or coloring, and for me this often helps me process “thinking type” books better.
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Return to cross-training
I really want to cross-train more than I did last year to hopefully put an end to nagging injuries that developed from so much walking and running in 2015 to make my 1200 mile goal come true.
My goal is 3 runs a week, 2 bike rides, 1 swim, and two strength training sessions.
Because I am currently dealing with plantar Fasciitis I will be replacing my running with extra biking workouts, and rowing machine workouts until it heals.
For my strength training sessions each week I am thinking of sticking to Pilates DVDs. I kept injuring myself with weight training in 2015 so I am thinking something more gentle would be best for my body. Plus, one of my biggest downfalls physically is my lack of flexibility. I do believe it is a factor in my injuries and Pilates is excellent for flexibility.
One daily treat only
Honestly, I think this goal will be the hardest goal for me to achieve. I keep a pretty healthy diet except for my daily sweet binges. I am going for moderation instead of deprivation and allowing myself one treat a day–but just one.
Size wise I am going to make my treat a reasonable serving size, such as 2 small cookies, or 1 small piece of cake. I plan to chart this with a simple calendar page on the fridge to remind myself I already had my sweet treat for the day and to see how well I am doing. I think a row of x’s will spur me on to not break the chain by grabbing extra sweets.
1 date day a month with my hubby.
We started date days in late 2015 and we love them. My husband and I want to have one every month in 2016.
Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.
I am so excited to announce another decluttering project for 2016. It is called the 30 times 12 project. I will spill more details in an upcoming post, but essentially I am going to be getting rid of 30 items out of my house each and every month in 2015.
Finish an eBook.
I have an eBook really close to completion. It is on the topic of how to be thrifty and thrive in life at the same time. I am still hoping to have it completed in PDF form sometime in January. I plan to have it formatted to Kindle if it does well in PDF format.
Once this goal is done I will set a new goal. I want to focus on only one big goal per area at a time.
Try one new recipe a month.
I am stuck in a cooking rut lately. I don’t think I’ve tried one new recipe in over a year. I want to fix that, so I am going to pick one new recipe each month and try it and to keep me accountable I will tell you how it went in my monthly goal updates.
As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.
My Word For 2016
This year my word is ONE. I tend to get distracted and I tend to be indecisive. I can see that these things are holding me back from growing in many areas of my life, which is why this year I chose the word ONE as my word for the year. One thing. One focus.
What are your goals for 2016? Share them with me in the comments.
I will be listing an update on how I am doing on my goals the first Monday of every month in 2016.
Want to set goals but not even sure how to go about achieving them? Crystal Paine’s eBook, 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, can help. Inside the pages of this book you will learn how to break down your goals into achievable steps and how to find time in your day to achieve them. I read this eBook in an afternoon and it revolutionized how I set and break down goals. I went from thinking I could to knowing I could.