Love, Joleen: 4 Ways to Set Intentions for 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017

4 Ways to Set Intentions for 2017

Congratulations! You've made it through the first week of the year. Hopefully, you're still floating on that feeling of fresh inspiration and motivation that a new year often ushers in. Either way, I hope this post offers up new suggestions on how you can set intentions for the best possible 2017!

1.Select Your One Little Word / Theme
Really thinking and praying about a theme for the year is so important and it isn't too late. Make a list of words that inspire you; words that represent the changes you want to see in your life or the areas that need work. Meditate on this list. I started choosing a One Little Word in 2013 - the year we were married and Benjamin was brand new. That word was "Family". Since then my words have been "Grow", "Discipline", and "Development". In 2016, my OLW was "Blessings" -- to be a blessing and count my blessings. I cannot stress upon you how much this word influenced and buoyed me through such a tough year. I kept coming back to it time and time again. 

This year, my word is ABUNDANCE! I trust in my heart, that God will pour abundance into my life this year, both in my career and personal life. I'm finishing out this month with 21 Days of Prayer through Monique McLean's 50ktoPray group on Facebook. You can get the book here, or you can just join the group, watch the videos, and keep your own notebook and memory cards like I am. I am so excited to see how God uses me this year!
2. Have a Vision
This should come naturally as you're thinking about your One Little Word. Think about the big picture. Create a vision board and move it every few days so that it never becomes background to you. (My vision board can also fit into my planner.) Have fun with it!
3. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals
S.M.A.R.T. goals are "Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based" goals. After you've created your vision board, sit down and write down each of those dreams. Then, write several "sub-goals" that are going to help you achieve each ultimate vision. You can do this for the entire year and/or each month of the year. I set S.M.A.R.T. goals at the start of every month for my business. This helps me break down my goals into smaller, achievable ones. Those wins all add up to an ultimate achievement.
4. Plan Ahead
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”- Benjamin Franklin

Plan, plan, plan. You can do this on your phone, through an app, or on paper. The important thing is that you do it. Every Sunday I create an extensive to-do list for the week ahead. From this list, I organize Benjamin's homeschooling, our appointments, work, etc. I spend around an hour and a half planning and getting organized for the week ahead. Each morning, I look at what's planned and that helps me create goals and set intentions for the day. I come back to my planner several times throughout the day. I also carry a pocket planner everywhere I go. I use it as a wallet and it holds 4 small notebooks. One is a lined notebook used as a brain dump for random lists (grocery, what to read, notes for work, ideas for Benjamin, etc.). Another, is a month-at-a-glace calendar. On the front page, I have a color key so that I can look at each month and easily know what I have going on. The other two notebooks are for memory keeping. I'll write more about those in a later post.
I hope these 4 simple ways of setting intentions are helpful to you. If you have other tips, I'd love to hear about them in the comments! I hope 2017 is your best year yet!

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