I love this time of year. I love reflecting on the past year and determining what it will take to make the next year better! Getting better, one day...one step at a time. Setting SMART goals (Specifiic, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) are on the top of my list! We have all heard the statistics regarding New Year's resolutions - I am sad to say that I have contributed to the numbers of failed attempts - year after year. I am contributing this year to the statistics on repeat goals.
If you keep a journal, this is a good time to go back through it and pick out those things that you can build on - those good ideas, the victories. Celebrate what went right, when you see that you were on the right track.
2. Remain positive.
I am more likely to be able to come up with a SMART goal when I am feeling good about things, and about myself. Again, celebrate the wins and use them as springboards into the future!
3. Express gratitude.
Research tells us that gratitude has a measurable affect on achieving our goals so it would seem that counting our blessings is a good way to start a great year. This year I started gratitude journaling - making lists of things I'm grateful for. This year, this is on my list of daily activities - a way to close every day.
4. Focus on the essentials.
Choose only the right things to get done. There are so many people out there thinking they have to do everything. We are not made for that. Saying no, is ok. Focus on those things that make you better, for your goals - for your family, your faith, your fitness, your fun.
5. Set goals that you can emotionally connect with.
How can I organize my work and my life to do the things that cause that same smile?”
6. Break it down.
Take those compelling goals and chunk them down into manageable pieces. You may want to categorized them. So that my goals are well rounded, I am setting goals in several areas: Family, Fun, Fitness, Faith (not necessarily in that order). Big goals - maybe one in each category. Smaller goals (quarterly) - no more than 6-7 in each category. and remember:
“Every day is an opportunity to move forward"
7. Say When.
Once you know what your goals are, and why. It's time to say when.
What gets scheduled gets done. Write them down on your calendar or a dry erase board... Schedule the time to work toward those goals, schedule time to evaluate.
8. Retreat. Abandon. Recharge.
I had a mentor who recommended Retreating daily, Abandoning Annually. Recharging monthly.
This is good practice. Taking time to recharge - get away from it all - will keep you energized for the work of moving forward consistently and getting where you want to go.
The art of unplugging for a time creates a margin in life - a place for unexpected life events, time for reconnecting with loved ones, time for remembering what is truly important.
We are all very different, unique. For some of us, goal setting is very exciting. For some of us - it is just more work that seems unnecessary. I have to say that I really have never met the person who does not have something that they want to do in life - and can get there accidentally on a consistent basis. It all takes some sort of planning. Find a way to make it fun. Vision boards are fun way to goal set.
Try some of these things in your dreaming about the next year. Share your tips in the comment section - making it purposeful doesn't mean that it can't be fun - get creative and try it out!
Get ready to have the Best Year Ever!
I just took one step closer to a fully decorated Christmas tree... my ornament - with White Fir! Smells just like a real tree. Honestly, remembering that White Fir is also used for muscle aches, I added it to my lotion and I smell like a Christmas tree too.
White Fir Trees are often thought of as the traditional Christmas ... so as I consider the tree in my living room, I am taking some time to look little closer at the benefits of this beautiful oil. I love to see what Dr. Susan Lawton has to say about the various oil, she has prepared so many protocols out of her experience in practice. The following is some of what she has written on White Fir essential oil.
White Fir tree is a popular wood for construction because of its combination of strength, versatility, and beauty. It is also a popular choice for Christmas trees. Native Americans used White Fir as a building material and in traditional medicine, specifically to promote healthy respiratory function. Derived from the soft needles of the tree, White Fir essential oil is most noted for soothing sore muscles and joints and supporting clear breathing. Aromatically, White Fir evokes feelings of stability, energy, and empowerment. It can be stimulating to the mind while helping the body to relax.
• Apply to cold, achy muscles and joints during winter time.
• Diffuse or apply to chest to promote clear breathing. • Add 1–2 drops to a hot bath to relax and breathe in
White Fir’s cleansing aroma.
• Diffuse to reduce mental fatigue at work.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Emotional Aspects: White Fir diffused can create amazing mental clarity. In the air, it demonstrates an amazing anti-bacterial agent for air borne pathogens. In application, White Fir creates a feeling of grounding, anchoring and empowerment. It can stimulate the mind while allowing the body to relax. Said to have a “Balancing Action” = Adaptagenic in nature. (can pep you, calm you down, and teach your body to “adapt” well in different physical surroundings and emotional circumstances).
When individuals reach plateaus in weight loss, or feel “stuck” at a level, using White Fir with affirmations of clear intent will activate feelings of success and will be able to move forward with goal achievement. Addiction Recovery can be enhanced with White Fir rubbed on the back of the neck with Geranium often during the day.
Topical Application: Use in compresses and baths when trying to sooth stiff joints. Use diffusion or other methods of inhalation when treating environmental and seasonal threats and as a mind clearer. White Fir is GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe which a standard set by the America Food and Drug Association) and can be taken internally. White Fir has had positive effects being applied neat or with a carrier oil to the neck, back, joints and bottom of the feet.
Bladder Support: Coconut Oil 1 teaspoon, White Fir 2 drops, Cypress 3 drops; gently blend and apply to lower abdomen and vital flex points on feet and hands 2-3 times a day for “tuning up” the Bladder and circulation.
Neck Tenson and Stiffness: Coconut Oil 1 teaspoon, White Fir 3 drops, Marjoram 2 drops, Lemongrass 2 drops; Gently blend and apply up the sternum in the front of chest and on the shoulders and back of the neck.
Sore Feet: White Fir 3 drops, Patchouli 2 drops; gently blend and apply from heels up to the toes and the tops of the feet – put on cotton socks
Meeting Room Prep: Diffuse-- White Fir 5, Wild Orange 4 drops; put into lotus diffuser for 15 minutes prior to meeting to facilitate clarity and motivate creative thought.
To Aid in Sleep after a Loss: Coconut Oil 1 teaspoon, White Fir 4 drops, Vetiver 3 drops, Cypress 3 drops, Melissa 2 drops; gently blend and apply on back of the neck, on the bottoms of the feet and
put on cotton socks.
To Pep Up for a Long Drive: White Fir 4 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, and Peppermint 2 drops; gently blend and put in auto diffuser, or on hands and rub hands together and inhale.
NOTE: The advice shared in this document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems.
Wellness Advocate, BSN,RN