Toasting a New Year!

I love starting a New Year, all fresh and full of possibilities! I love setting goals and dreaming about what this year could bring. I have always preferred goal-setting to resolution making. Resolutions seem so light, so easy to break. How about you? Have you been dreaming? I hope so.

And once the goals are set, the work begins! My goals this year include:
  1. Completing an 800 km pilgrimage across Spain, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I will be doing this in April and May, and have made a separate blog to document this. If you are interested, go to https://arlenetoys.wixsite.com/mycamino. Not much there yet, but I hope to add photos and stories as we walk. I am especially excited to do this walk with my daughter and two good friends.
  2. Working on my business. I want to help a lot of people start their own business and earn income for their families. My helping others will help myself as well. Kind of nice that one gets ahead by making other people’s lives better.  Maybe we can all work together on this one.
  3. Working on my relationships – with my husband, my children, my friends and family. I am so grateful to be part of a loving family and have some really great friends. I just want to build on that and improve what I can. I love to visit and spend time with people. If you would just like to chat or go for a walk or a cup of coffee, let me know.
Yes, I know these goals aren’t in the “SMART” format, you know: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant (or Rewarding), Time-bound. I have done this work as well, but don’t want to get too specific and boring here. I recently read about “DUMB” goals too, and rather like that. It stands for Dream Driven, Uplifting, Method-friendly, and Behaviour Driven. I kind of like. What do you think? This is from Brendan Burchard, and you can watch it here: https://youtu.be/54aFTZ9POw4?list=PLiqRgMWh6qlx6HeNm9jHOFWoS3Na0rIP9 .
So why share my goals? Sometimes I think it is powerful to share, to put it out there. Maybe it helps with accountability – feel free to ask me how those goals are coming along. Maybe my goals can help your goals (or vice versa). That might sound a bit strange, but I believe we can all help each other. Maybe not directly, but sharing an idea, making an introduction, giving some feedback, maybe some seemingly small and insignificant act. Here is one of my favourite quotes:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.
This quote has been attributed to Goethe, but may actually be written by William Hutchinson Murray. Either way it is great. I love the line about genius, power and magic. I do believe setting goals and then committing to achieving them is very powerful. A friend of mine named her team “The Goal Getters”, which I thought was brilliant. Almost everyone “sets” goals, but how many people go “get” their goals?
 
Happy New Year and Happy Goal Getting!!

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