How to Make 2014 Better

Made any resolutions?

Broken any yet?

Making strict promises for the year stinks. Sets you up for failure. Boo.

Instead of resolutions, the women in our family choose a word for the year. It’s a word to encourage us, make us more well-rounded, or improve a character trait. This has proved helpful and the results are measured in small wins throughout the year. My aunt often has her word engraved on a piece of jewelry, which is super cool, and I wish I had done that for all my words.

Whether you choose to do a word or go with traditional resolutions, here are some tips to make 2014 better:

Write goals down. 

I’ve got lots of dreams that are too frightening and wonderful to say out loud, and I’m sure you have dreams deep in your heart’s secret place, too. Even if you don’t post your dreams online for the world to see, write them in a journal or on a notecard taped to your mirror.

Keep your goals within your control. 

I can’t guarantee how many places will book me to speak, but I can control how many venues I contact. We can’t control what other people choose to do, so by having our goals in the “I will do this…” instead of the result can bring us more “wins.”

Don’t share every goal.

Studies have shown that by sharing a goal, our brain releases the hormone, or sensation of satisfaction, that we’ve already achieved the goal. This can hinder us from reaching our dreams, instead of giving us the accountability we’re seeking.

This year, along with my chosen word, I plan to do the following:

  • wear more lipstick
  • indulge in my new-found bow fetish
  • drink coffee in the mornings so I can focus
  • play with my kids every day
  • put 10% of our income into savings
  • contact everyone on my marketing list for speaking engagements
  • be awesome
  • enter writing contests
  • 2nd State Championship FSHAA Cheerleading
  • 2nd book deal
  • get a mentor
  • ….and a few I can’t share!

Good luck with your goals and I wish you all the best! I’m looking forward to another great year, and I’m thankful for those of you in my life and on the other side of the screen. My best wishes to you all. Love and Blessings.

[reminder]What are some goals for 2014 that you’re willing to share?[/reminder]



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Bethany Jett

Bethany Jett loves sipping coffee and jamming in her planner while raising three boys with her college sweetheart Justin.

January 1, 2014

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