What’s Your 2017 Focus?

Happy New Year one and all! I hope you had a fabulous holiday season full of love and laughter. And now… the new year begins.

2017 focus

I’m throwing out the word resolution. I’ve had so many unresolved resolutions over the years that the word has a bitter connotation for me.

This year I decided that instead of having a resolution, a singular goal I was working towards, instead I was going to focus on an aspect of my personality or my habits that I wanted to give a tune up. Hey, we take our cars in for service, we get the annual doctor’s check up, and we make sure our kids get their shots on time, so why not tune up an area of our lives, right?

So, what’s my focus for 2017?

Follow through.

I’m not going to lie, it’s one of my weakest traits. I’m a dreamer. I have big ideas, ambitions and goals. I get excited about ten different projects and start them all at once. I have multiple books on my bedside table and it feels like it takes me months to finish one, because I’m delving into all of them at the same time.

I need to focus on finishing. To follow through on a commitment I’ve made, be it to follow up to a friend with a coffee date or to finish that online course I started. I need to finish what I begin.

Part of it is I have the shiny new ‘thing’ syndrome. I want to start the new course or the new book or the new project. I want that high, that buzz, the adrenaline coursing through my veins. Seriously, that may not be the case for other people, but I genuinely get the feeling of a high from starting something new. Am I alone in this?

What I don’t often give myself the chance to feel is the high of completing a project. Let me clarify – at work, I can and do finish my projects, on time and on budget. In my personal life, however, that’s where the finish switch seems to be turned off.

So, no more new books until I finish what’s on my bedside table. No more new courses until I complete the ones that I’ve paid for. No more new clothes until I’ve actually gotten rid of something or donated things. No more new projects until I finish the ones in the roster.

No more starting anything new until I actually finish what’s on my plate.

How about you? What is your focus for 2017? Share below in the comments.

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4 Responses to What’s Your 2017 Focus?

  1. Sabina January 1, 2017 at 9:54 am #

    I suffer with a similar affliction, lol. I am guilt of analyzing and talking, but not a whole lot of doing. I have enough foresight and self awareness that if I continue the way I have been, I am going to be in the same spot I was, say 6 or even a year ago. Do I do anything about it — yes, there is more analyzing and talking about it (whatever ‘it’ maybe). Oh wait, I read a lot of self help books — does that help me, kinda but still no action – not moving any mountains yet.

    Like most people, the past year or so, it has been stressful. For me, it has been stressful but it has left me exhausted and questioning where I am going in my life and most importantly, what I am doing with my life. I don’t think I have ever taken the time to really go deep, right into my core, especially the painful parts. I could go on forever, I talk a good game. So, what is my focus for 2017, start taking action and stop talking bullshit.

    • Victoria Smith January 1, 2017 at 10:55 am #

      I hear you, Sabina, and I have faith in you! Have you ever tried a buddy system? Working with a friend, doing check ins every couple of weeks to see where you’re both at with your respective goals? I’d be happy to do that with you. Could sometimes be in person or over the phone or text. Just to keep one another accountable?

  2. Kate Larking January 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm #

    My word for this year is “Create”. I talk about it more here but I focused all of my goals around it this year. So excited to put in the work and see where I end up in 2018!

  3. Maria January 18, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Hi hun , such a great post, it would mean the world to me if you could check out my 2017 blog goals! 🙂 thank you so much

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