Meaningful Monday- 4 Tips For Creating Your New Year’s Action Plan


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“Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true.”
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach

If 2016 owned you, walked into 2017 like you own it! All those unproductive habits, self-doubts, maybes, should haves and what ifs should be packed in a bag and tossed into the ocean or nearest river. This is the first month of a new year, begin this new month with an action plan to improve yourself, your life, business or all of the above.

1. Be Courageous
Live out loud, live courageously, embrace uncertainty and plan as if failure is NOT an option for you. What have you got to lose? Let 2017 be the year that you ignore the fear and jump! Honestly, there are still some things that strike a hint of fear in me, but in the end, I release the fear, jump into it anyway. I just planned a trip to cruise, set up my online novelty store and just added 6 more task to my already lengthy list.

2. Reflect and Evaluate
Instead of writing down resolutions, write down your goals. This allows you to reasonably decided what you want in your future. Write down five goals, being specific in how you wish those goals to turn out and your level of satisfaction with that final outcome. For example- you want your blog to be successful. Ok! How would you measure the success of your blog? Attracting more followers? Posting more frequently?

3. Alter Your Mindset
I always come back to this one. Don’t look at the situation instead examine you attitude about the situation. If you hit a snag in achieving your goals. No worries, look at it from a different angle, find the positive in that situation.

4. Replace. Don’t Eliminate
While you’re in the shift of altering your mindset. If you want permanent results you can’t simply drop an old habit, when eliminating old behaviours, it must be replaced by a new one. This fills the void, prevents you from over obsessive thinking and falling back into your old habit of self-doubt.

~Have a Meaningful Monday

 

~©Etta D. Richards

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16 comments on “Meaningful Monday- 4 Tips For Creating Your New Year’s Action Plan

  1. Tamara Kulish says:

    I love all these steps! I stopped making resolutions a few years ago since they’re just self defeating! Inevitably we break them and then the cycle of guilt and negative self talk just reinforces the negative tapes that are already playing!

    I switched to writing a retrospective of the past year where I write down all my accomplishments and goals large and small which I met (in spite of certain barriers or obstacles)!

    This has the purpose of helping me focus on positive things about myself! It’s so much nicer to receive kudos than kicks!

    Once I do my thoughtful retrospective of myself, I use those accomplishments to set some new goals!

    Now the new goals don’t seem so daunting, because I’ve just pointed out to myself ALL the things I did RIGHT this past year!

    You’d be surprised how all those little accomplishments add up and show a larger, more positive picture of ourselves!

    I used to suffer terribly with my negative self talk… To the point that I felt continually worthless. When we feel worthless we do so much to sabotage our success because ultimately we don’t feel we deserve it!! Thus the cycles continue!

    I made a commitment a few years ago to heal my spirit from the crushing losses and abuses I went through, not to allow those things to identify my inner soul! The criticisms I had received were all internalized and then magnified.

    I started putting the points Etta talks about into action!

    Little by little I’ve chipped away at those internal blockages to my happiness and inner love!

    I’ve also subscribed to daily positive messages in my email inbox from http://www.tut.com!

    This year be sure to sign up for the “30 days to Love Your Life Project”!! It’s just started so it’s not too late!!

    Peace to you!
    Tamara

    PS: I blogged this and gave you a link back! https://onbecomingalemonademaker.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/kudos-not-kicks-this-year/ Hope you enjoy!

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  2. […] love all the positive steps Etta outlines in her blog post “Be Calm, Create Your Action Plan“! I stopped making resolutions a few years ago since they’re just self defeating! […]

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  3. Tamara Kulish says:

    I love all these steps! I stopped making resolutions a few years ago since they’re just self defeating! Inevitably we break them and then the cycle of guilt and negative self talk just reinforces the negative tapes that are already playing!

    I switched to writing a retrospective of the past year where I write down all my accomplishments and goals large and small which I met (in spite of certain barriers or obstacles)!

    This has the purpose of helping me focus on positive things about myself! It’s so much nicer to receive kudos than kicks!

    Once I do my thoughtful retrospective of myself, I use those accomplishments to set some new goals!

    Now the new goals don’t seem so daunting, because I’ve just pointed out to myself ALL the things I did RIGHT this past year!

    You’d be surprised how all those little accomplishments add up and show a larger, more positive picture of ourselves!

    I used to suffer terribly with my negative self talk… To the point that I felt continually worthless. When we feel worthless we do so much to sabotage our success because ultimately we don’t feel we deserve it!! Thus the cycles continue!

    I made a commitment a few years ago to heal my spirit from the crushing losses and abuses I went through, not to allow those things to identify my inner soul! The criticisms I had received were all internalized and then magnified.

    I started putting the points Etta talks about into action!

    Little by little I’ve chipped away at those internal blockages to my happiness and inner love!

    I’ve also subscribed to daily positive messages in my email inbox from http://www.tut.com!

    This year be sure to sign up for the “30 days to Love Your Life Project”!! It’s just started so it’s not too late!!

    Peace to you!
    Tamara

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    • EttaD says:

      Wow!! That’s is indeed a mouthful and so inspiring. You are so right on all points we self sabotage when we make resolutions because the one one broken, beats us down to the point where we want to give up!! I love you insight into things and so happy you’ve found yourself and your true strength!
      I will definitely be signing up for the ‘love yourself project.’ Happy New Year, wishing you all the best in 2017 and beyond!!

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  4. This is awesome! Love the idea of writing goals instead of resolutions. Have a great 2017!

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  5. Awesome, Etta D! I’m doing it, best I can! Love the thing about replacing an old habit with a new one. Fantastic 🙂
    Many many blessings for an awesome New Year!
    Love,
    Debbie

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  6. Miriam says:

    All of these really resonated with me, thanks Etta. Happy new year to you. Hope 2017 is wonderful for you.

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  7. ladycee says:

    Hi Etta,

    I published a recent post which included this lovely quote from Sarah Breathnach.
    An encouraging post with great tips – thanks.

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