My social media feed is a frenzy of New Year's Resolutions, goal setting, make it your best year, how to be successful, etc. And the planners! They are endless and the ads just keep popping up, one after the other! (they are all so pretty, so I am so tempted, but I must resist) Last night I sat down to write my business goals for the year and started thinking, am I going to even remember these resolutions come Mardi Gras day? In years past, I set out, resolute on January 1 to make it the best, most money-filled, fitness-packed year yet. They say to write your goals down, say them to as many people as you can, and eventually they will become a reality.
**About my choice of wording for the title. To resolve is to have a firm determination to do something. A resolution is a decision to do or not to do something, meaning, you may have good intentions, but hey, if I don't follow through, oh well. If I am going to set goals, and really set a path towards success and self-fulfillment, I want to be resolute in that determination.
According to Success.Com, "The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit. Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Goals are great because they cause us to stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better."
I think I have gotten away from resolutions because at the end of the year, I kind of feel like I failed myself somehow as the day to day grudge of life made me forget or to lose focus on those dreams I had envisioned for the start of that new year. So basically the quote above resonates much more for me because at the end of the day, I just want to be the best person I can be. I am entering my 50th year on this planet, and I want to make the most of the second half of this life.
My Goals for 2018
1. Fitness - Got to get back in the gym! It used to be a huge part of my life, but I have let other things become a priority, and I need to change this! (my legs will thank me:) Will I ever be able to rep out pull-ups like the Marine recruit above? Nah. Prolly not, but I can definitely work in some planking and squats every day.
2. Life - To spend more time with people I love! With all of the great tourist attractions we have within an hour, from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, to the Natchez Trace and of course New Orleans, I want to experience all that our area has to offer. It started December 29 at a beautiful restaurant in the French Quarter named Muriel's and I want to eat my way through 2018 at the amazing restaurants around us! (see why goal number one is so important!)
3. Creative - Writing! And history. I have an interesting ancestry and want to know more about the family history. I hope to compile stories and information to print in a book (easy to do on Blurb.com) to be able to share with extended family.
My Business Goals for 2018
1. Service - This is the number one goal of my business. For my female portrait clients, this means a transformative experience where they forget their imperfections and learn to see themselves as beautiful. For my business clients, I want to be able to create the look for your business that captures its essence. For my couples, to be able to take that love and make the viewer see and feel it, like I do.
2. Behind the Scenes - To share more of what I do behind the scenes, not just the finished product. I want to live more "out loud" on social media, and am hoping to learn to feel more comfortable doing it.
3. Education - Expanding my photography knowledge is on-going and will probably take the rest of my life. There is always something new to learn and this year, I am adding food and table top still life to my repertoire. Starting this January with the amazing Don Giannatti of Lighting-Essentials.com, I will take his 8 week course on Food Photography. One of my dreams is to photograph a campaign for Abita Brewing Company, so I am working towards that dream one course at a time! And since I have lots of the product in my refrigerator, I will have plenty of opportunity to practice :)
So cheers to a fun, successful, goal achieving 2018! I will make my resolution simple, and that's to become the best person I can be. In business, and in life. Happy 2018!!