Do you love the New Year as much as I do? A fresh new year is full of possibility and the perfect time to set new intentions, pick your word of the year, and declare goals. But to actually achieve your goals takes a different kind of energy, a more focused, dedicated energy.
Whether your goals are personal, professional, or homestead-related, the process I outline below is the same. After you’ve read the blog post, I invite you to download the free printable that I’ve created for you (Right-Click on the image below), and work through the questions!
How to Achieve your Homesteading Goals in 2017
Review Your 2016
Let’s start by looking back at 2016. Start out with a big picture point of view and work toward a more detailed assessment of the year. What worked, what didn’t work? What were your big successes? What did you learn from less successful ventures? What efforts will you repeat? What will you put to rest?
By getting clear on our past experiences, we can release what didn’t work, do more of what did work, and move into the new year feeling grounded and clear.
Start with Your Values
When I have a big decision to make (such as when we decided to move to Missouri, or when we decided to homeschool our kids), I start by getting clarity on my values. Then, I identify which goals will really help me move my values forward. For instance, if a primary value is sustainability, and one way I live into that value is by supporting small businesses and local agriculture, then a decision or action step might be to purchase a CSA share from a local farmer.
The benefit of starting with your values is that you create an alignment in your life with what you WANT to create and what you actually WILL create. When you do not check in with your values, you create cross-intentionality and will likely find your wheels spinning.
Create Attainable & Realistic Goals
It is so important to create goals that take into account a realistic assessment of your time, energy, experience, and budget. When we started creating our off-grid homestead, we had a 2 and 5 year old, so my energy was almost 100% dedicated to caring for my young children. However, because I had 14 years of prior gardening and homesteading experience, it was very easy for me to plant a garden because I had a deep understanding of the steps necessary to grow food.
If you are brand new to homesteading, allow extra time to research, visit with mentors, ask questions, and make mistakes. Similarly, set realistic homesteading budgets and check with them often.
It feels so much more empowering to set attainable, bite-sized goals and then add on because you’ve been such a powerhouse of productivity than to realize that you couldn’t possibly tackle everything on your List. Live big, live bold, and live attainably!
No Goal is Too Small!
The smallest of goals should be honored and declared. While my family’s goals have been quite lofty over the past four years – building a root cellar, building an outdoor pizza oven, raising Jersey cows – this year we are really paring down to a few essentials: Continue our work creating multiple sustainable sources of income in employment fields that align with our values, and refine our vision for our children’s educational future and make any adjustments necessary for them to thrive in a supportive community of creative learners. (Okay, I guess these are big goals, but they don’t involve earth moving!)
Build in Accountability and Support
If I had to pick one predictor of success in any venture, including homesteading, it would be having a support network to lift you up and hold you accountable. While some homesteaders are fortunate to have that support network nearby, many of us create support networks with other homesteaders around the globe, thanks to the power of the Internet. A membership program like Rootsy that includes online forums for discussion and inspiration is a great way to connect with like-minded homesteaders.
A more formal group or one-on-one coaching relationship is perhaps the most powerful way to create support and accountability. My Gather & Glean Homestead Mentorship Circle is a virtual space where radical homesteading women create deep connections, commit to inspired action, and get the support and tools they need to move their homesteading dreams from the Pinterest board and wish list into action.
The next Gather & Glean circle begins on January 16, and I would be honored to be a part of your support network for 2017.
Embrace False Starts
I recently read a book that encouraged people looking for a more simple life to start thinking of mistakes as “false starts.” I love that phrase! No one takes bold, inspired action without making some false starts. Some false starts are minor and inconsequential, some have more far-reaching consequences. But every false start is an opportunity for future growth, and by adopting a mindset that allows you to view “mistakes” or “failures” as false starts, you give yourself permission to make big leaps.
Whatever your goals this year, I admire your big bold spirit and wish you stunning success as you achieve your homesteading goals in the New Year!
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