Goal setting 2019: Build excitement!

Remember those fun times during your childhood when you sat down to figure out a puzzle? To me that resembles goal setting. Prior to starting a puzzle or outlining your goals, you must create a plan of attack.

Generally, puzzles are a lot easier to conquer when you start by building the border, which creates the foundation. Like goal setting, you will get stuck, and must stop throughout the process to figure things out. I believe planning for the future allows one to focus on moving forward, which can be a huge motivator! 

Here are steps to help you prepare for 2019 and beyond:

Get excited  Find a fun comfortable place to sit and outline your thoughts, dreams and goals. Perhaps your home, local coffee shop or library. The key is to surround yourself with things that make you feel comfortable and happy.  Consider purchasing a journal with a colorful cover or design one to your liking. You’ll be surprised how these two basic steps provide a spark of inspiration to help get you motivated. Now that you’re excited, let’s get started!


Meet Kimberly Whitfield at her 3rd Annual Holiday Health & Wellness Open House this Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1629 E. Michigan, Suite 101 Lansing, MI 48912. For more information and to RSVP visit https://www.kwinspires.com/events.html


Be realistic  The best part of goal setting is when you actually hit a milestone. Therefore, make certain your goals are attainable and realistic. You definitely don’t want to set yourself up for failure.  When defining your goals, organize them as “small steps that lead to success.” More specifically, create smaller goals you can accomplish successfully! This will make you feel in control and allow you to feel less overwhelmed.

Create a wish list  In addition to your goals, list places you want to go, things you want to do, and anything your heart desires. To me, creating a wish list mirrors “speaking it into existence,” and truly allows you to dream. Remember, through courage, discipline, and faith your dreams can come true!

Never give up Determination and commitment go hand in hand, but sometimes there will be setbacks. Therefore, you must remain determined and patient. Remember to keep a positive mindset and face obstacles with resiliency and courage.  This involves learning to problem solve and take the necessary steps to work past barriers. This, in turn, will allow you to build confidence and feel more comfortable when faced with adversity.


Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Go Workout Fitness Center and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker.  Visit her on the web at kwinspires.com for a list of her classes. 


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