Make 2016 the year you set clear goals!

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As we draw near to 2016, I have been pulled to reflect on the year; my achievements, my challenges; what I would do differently, my priorities – do they need to shift?  

There are goals which I achieved and those which I did not. Unachievable goals were perhaps unrealistic but I am a great believer in setting high expectations.  Any goals not reached are moved to the following year or taken off my list altogether if they are no longer applicable. 

I am learning to be flexible and open to change.  Often there is more than one route to reaching your goal, it may take longer but the important factor is you will get there!

Setting goals helps one to remain focused in a world where it can be all too easy to spread yourself thinly and make commitments without giving it much thought. When reality kicks in you realise you do not have the time or perhaps do not even want to make the time. 

Some tips on setting goals;

1. Think about why – what do you hope to achieve?  Whose life/lives do you wish to impact on?

2. What small steps (break it right down) do you need to make in order to achieve your goal?  

3. How will you measure the achievement?

4. Revisit the goal

How often do you set goals?

How much are you caught up in consumerism?

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I drafted a post several days ago but felt it was more fitting for the end of the year. You will find out why if you check out my blog next week! 

Today, I want to focus on consumerism and what a better time than the Christmas period when most people are buying gifts and enough food to feed the five thousand!

Companies spend a large percentage of their budget on marketing to persuade us to buy their goods and services. Some are needs whilst others are wants. There is a thin line between the two therefore the lines are often blurred. How often have you or a friend uttered;

“I need a holiday” immediately after returning from one

“I need new clothes” despite having a bustling double wardrobe full

I have been guilty of this, especially the first statement. If I had my way, I would travel far more frequently.  My love for travelling is to meet a want not a need.

I need customers to keep my side business afloat and I would definitely class the products I sell as wants (make up and beauty).  I rely on my customers and potential customers’ need to want to enhance their natural beauty.  Without them there would be no business – it is in my best interest to influence their buying. I have worn the make up and taken selfies, shown selfies taken of other women and shared testimonies. 

Does your business meet a want or a need?

What marketing strategies do you use? 

Are you drowning in paperwork at home?

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It seems as though my daughter brings home paperwork every day from school. “Wear your own jumper day”, “dress as your favourite TV character”, school trips, homework, lunchtime and after school clubs.  It can feel rather relentless especially if you have to deal with paperwork in your business, job, church ministry, voluntary work.

My daughter also attends piano and ballet class which naturally brings more paperwork into our home.  She enjoys them, therefore I have made up my mind to grin and bear it – whilst complaining just a tad to my husband!

I really do not want to come home to find paperwork waiting for me but they are not going to be dealt with elsewhere – unless my husband decides to jump on board! This is not his forte so I leave him to get on with tasks he excels in and enjoys. 

I have put the following systems in place in order to best manage paperwork in the home;

1. I read letters and file, if they require action I put letters in my handbag and send a reminder to action during my lunch break at work. 

2. I take photographs of ALL my daughter’s party invitations, homework sheets, class infornation and anything else.  If the original is mislaid, I can refer to my phone’s gallery for guidance and reprint if necessary.

3. I shred paperwork which is older than six months and no longer required. 

4. I  have requested for bank statements to be available online rather than mailed to me. 

How do you manage administration in your home? 

Do you find it time consuming?

How much patience do you really have?

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Patience – some people seem to have so much and others so little. I would like to think that I fall somewhere in between! 

Ideally you need to have a fair bit of patience when living or working with children – some may want to add adults to the mix! Not a day goes by when my patience is not tested. How else can our patience grow unless it is put into good use?

From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you are faced with scenarios where you can choose to exercise patience – or not. Admittedly, I fail at times but another opportunity for me to “step up to the plate” is waiting just around the corner. 

Joyce Meyer quoted:

“Patience is not having the ability to wait but maintaining a good attitude while waiting”. 

When I first read this is I thought “wow”! Often, we have no choice but to wait as we cannot control when, whatever it is we desire, comes our way. Therefore, we cannot say we are patient based on only this. We are waiting merely because there is no other option! 

Looking back to my past, I can pinpoint times where I had a bad attitude to particular situations in my life. I was challenged and unhappy and felt completely justified with carrying a “woe is me” demeanour. 

Was it the right way to live? No
Did it affect my relationships? Yes
Did it bring me any closer to what I desired? No

Four points to consider:

1. Think about why you lose patience so quickly.  Are you over stretched at home/work/in your business? Can you reduce or delegate some tasks?

2. Keep a journal and note each time you feel impatient. Describe the situation? How are you feeling emotionally?

3. Expect the unexpected. Children will spill drinks and friends/clients will arrive late. Life will also go on. 

4. Think about the effect that your lack of patience has on the people around you. How would you like to be perceived? 

Do you struggle with having patience?  

What impact does it have on the different areas of your life?