Where Will You Go? What Will You Do?

“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes,
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own and you know what you know,
And you are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

A brand new year! A clean slate upon which you can write the next year of your life.
Where will you go? What will you be, do and have?
2016 awaits you!

“I sure hope it’s a good year.” “I hope it will bring good things.” “I hope it’s better than last year.”
Don’t “hope” it into being what you want – MAKE it what you want!

Resolutions. Goals. Plans. Intentions. Whatever you choose to call them, they help us get to where we want to be. And yet, many people spend more time planning their vacation than they do the next precious year of their lives.

Now’s always a good time to make those plans.

The arrival of a new year is a common time to re-evaluate and decide what to be, do and have over the next 12 months. Don’t stop there. Make and adjust your plans each quarter, at the beginning of each month, every week, and for those of you truly committed to achieving what you want – every single day.

Alright, what’s the best way to plot the course of the year?
The absolute, only, best bestest way is… whatever works for YOU. You choose what makes sense and feels natural and fits easily into your life.

Here are some goal-setting approaches to choose from (choose more than one, or add an interesting one to what you already do now):

SMART – they are specific, measureable, action-driven, relevant, and time based
Long term – Short-term – think ahead to the goal, then chunk it down into easy steps which become your weekly/daily to-do’s
Mind Mapping – let your mind roam from item to item needed to achieve your desired outcome and plot it out on paper or on your computer (using some really cool software!)
Passions – what do you truly deeply madly feel for? Plan how to do more of that
Vision Board – cut and paste images, words and items to represent your wishes
Dreams – dust off those you’ve buried and bring them into into the light
Burning Bowl – throw those old ideas no longer serving you into the flames, literally, and feel a space cleared in your mind for creating the new and fresh ones

And here’s my favorite tip about achieving your goals:
Write ‘em down – yes, with pen and pencil – “don’t just think it – ink it!”
Written goals have the tendency to make it to the finish line more so than those that are kept tucked away in one’s mind. Use a daily planner, a legal pad, a spiral bound notebook, a white board or those giant sticky notes pasted all over your walls. Whatever works.

For those of you who want to keep it digital – calendar apps, email calendars and the like may work, however, not as well as you writing in your own handwriting with a writing utensil. Trust me on that one.

So, what’s on the 2016 horizon for you?
What’ll you be, do and have this year?
I believe I will… be more patient and easygoing… do those home improvements and organizing and… have me some more laughter and joy-filled times while in work and at play!

Choose to have a great week!

P.S. Got a great goal-setting tip to share? Please do tell and make a comment below!

Welcome the New Year with plans and goals


  1. Bob Speakman says:

    Perfect. Thanks Debbie.

  2. Ruth Anne Gransbury says:

    I have been sending your messages to friends and my son Kevin. He has had a temp job with UPS this last month, but he is looking for a more permanent job now. He has a good attitude though and my husband and I are proud of the progress he has made since his release on Nov. 1st.

    Wishing you a very loving, peaceful, joyful 2016!! Love, Ruth Anne

  3. Kathleen says:

    Great ideas. Thanks, Debbie!

  4. Elaine Armstrong says:

    Terrific goal setting tips! 🙂 Thank you Debbie!
    Your KICK(s) are insightful and inspirational.

    I wrote down six goals for the year. Two short-term and four long-term. I am sure there will be more throughout the year. I also put the goals in order of their priorities, how I would accomplish the goals and a finish date. Plus I will reward myself when I complete a goal. Celebrate the little Victories in life! 🙂

    Happy New Year! It’s the Year of the Monkey.

    According to the Chinese Zodiac, people born during the Year of the Monkey are smart, lively and playful.

  5. Anna says:

    Thank you so much for this, Debbie. It comes at a great time for change. I have just recently gotten to the understanding that I need to be writing this stuff down so I can re-read it every day and keep it in my thoughts yet haven’t begun to do it yet. I think your little “kick” may just do the trick. (Hey, that rhymes!) Thanks again!

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