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Reflect on 2016 to Set Goals for 2017

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How do you set goals?

I don’t remember who sent me this list last year, but I saved it and have used it to review last year and this year!

50 Questions to Help You Set Goals

  1. What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
  2. If you had to describe your 2016 in 3 words, what would they be?
  3. What new things did you discover about yourself?
  4. What single achievement are you most proud of?
  5. What was the best news you received?
  6. What was your favorite place that you visited in 2016?
  7. Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?
  8. Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?
  9. Which new skills did you learn?
  10. What, or who, are you most thankful for?
  11. If someone wrote a book about your life in 2016, what kind of genre would it be? A comedy, love story, drama, film noir or something else?
  12. What was the most important lesson you learned in 2016?
  13. Which mental block(s) did you overcome?
  14. What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?
  15. What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?
  16. How did your relationship with your family evolve?
  17. What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?
  18. What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
  19. What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?
  20. What cool things did you create this year?
  21. What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?
  22. Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?
  23. What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?
  24. What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
  25. Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
  26. What experience would you love to do all over again?
  27. What was the best gift you received?
  28. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
  29. What was the biggest problem you solved?
  30. What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?
  31. What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?
  32. What one thing would you do differently and why?
  33. What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
  34. What activities made you lose track of time?
  35. What did you think about more than anything else?
  36. What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
  37. What new habits did you cultivate?
  38. What advice would you give your early-2016 self if you could?
  39. Did any parts of yourself or your life do a complete 180 this year?
  40. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
  41. What do you want the overarching theme for your 2017 to be?
  42. What do you want to see, discover, explore?
  43. Who do you want to spend more time with in 2017?
  44. What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
  45. Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
  46. What do you want your everyday life to be like?
  47. Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?
  48. What do you want to achieve career-wise?
  49. How do you want to remember the year 2017 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?
  50. What is your number one goal for 2017?


Do You Have VIRTUE Goals?

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Do You Have Virtue Goals?

This Week: Setting Personal Goals!

Have you done any virtue goal setting for 2016?

“Coffee with Colleen” — a Monday Morning video series to help you grow in self-confidence, peace, and joy. No makeup. Haven’t done my hair. No script. Just me, my morning thoughts, and my first cup of coffee of the day!

Virtue Personal Assessment Goal Setting Wheel Circle Colleen Hammond


Have you done any virtue goal setting for 2016?

Many people set all sorts of weight loss & health goals. Financial goals. Relationship goals. Career and spiritual goals.

How are your personal goals coming along? Are they based on your core values and growing in virtue? Becoming a better person this year than you were last year?

This week’s chat focuses on one “piece of the pie”: Personal, virtue goals.

For a PDF copy of the Personal Assessment Goal Wheel, click here.



Through the Bible in a Year Resources:

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My most commonly asked question: “Where did you get that coffee mug?” Here:

Second question I’m getting: “What’s the light on the floor?” It’s an electric oil warmer/essential oil diffuser:


The Power of “NOT YET”

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Brain scans of fixed mindset and power growth mindset students

Fixed mindset students (L) run from the error. Growth mindset students (R) engage deeply, learn, and adapt.

The Power of NOT YET

Helping People Believe They Can Improve

This is a very powerful ten-minute video that shows the most recent studies in the failing ‘self-esteem’ movement. You know the one: “There are no losers, only second winners”, and, “Congratulations! You’re the last winner!”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I feel very strongly about raising children with strong morals, virtues, and table manners.

But new studies have shown that–no surprise–the self-esteem movement isn’t doing our children any favors. They end up being “gripped in the tyranny of now” and they will “probably cheat the next time instead of studying more”.

Children have become obsessed with getting A’s and have developed a need for constant pats on the back and awards. My husband Dennis and I were talking last night about this new generation of workers that want praise, applause, and kudos for just doing what they’re being paid to do.

So how do we raise a generation of self-starters who have personal dignity, are hardy, and resilient?

By rewarding the “not yet”. By praising wisely–not their God-given intelligence or talent, but recognizing and appreciating their effort, strategies, focus, perseverance, and improvement. In other words, praise their process. Their striving. Their determination.

Studies have also show that even the words “yet” or “not yet” give children not only hope and a feeling of power, but generate greater confidence. Applying effort  and overcoming difficulty caused the neurons in their brains form new, stronger connections and over time they were smarter.

I’m not recommending tossing the A, B, C system of grading in the trash. Rather, as a parent, I’m going to focus on rewarding our children’s sincere effort, stick-to-itiveness, and their improvement. When presented with a challenge, I want our children to embrace it hopefully with an attitude of, “I love a challenge,” or, “You know, I was hoping this would be informative.” That, to me, is true personal power.

After decades of my life, I have learned one thing for sure: It’s not talent that wins out in the end, but perseverance.

What are your thoughts about focusing on children’s efforts instead of their grades? Please share in the comments section below!

The Power of Believing You Can Improve (Prof Carol Dweck)

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