Greetings and Happy New Year! There is something so energizing about the new year. A new page has turned. We closed another year with celebrations and time with family and friends. This is the time of year that sweeps people with motivation - more than any other time of the year. I think it is such a beautiful thing. I love going around hearing everyone's resolutions, plans, and dreams. As much fun as it is to write new goals and start fresh, I really love taking time to reflect the past year. What I learned, what I gained or lost, what I accomplished or created. One thing I did this year was a list of things I crushed in 2018. In the spirit of gratitude, I looked back happy and proud of what I had done. I saw the goals I set out and was able to accomplish. I saw the ups and downs. It's powerful to reflect, not only for memory and recognition purpose, but to remember why I set the goals and how cool it is to see them checked off the list. Without setting the intention, goal, or plan it's so much less likely to happen.
I thought about being in school and projects I did. The ones I waited to the last minute, and messily completed the night before never held a candle to the ones I laid plans for, took time to execute, and give focus and attention to. I've found life to be similar. I still believe that "over-planning kills magic", but in the grand picture, I know that having intentions 100% more likely for them to happen.
So before you jump into goals, take some time to reflect 2018.
- What was awesome?
- What was hard/challenging?
- What did I learn?
- What did I crush?
And for goals, I love the lululemon breakdown of business, personal, and health goals for the next 1, 5, and 10 years, but it's fun to make your own categories too. One category I added this year was Green Goals. One of mine is to use no new grocery bags (bring my own or use none).
Another thing I've added is a frequency timeline for these goals. It helps chunk them and see how often I want or need to do something in order to achieve the goal or maintain wellness/relationships.
I make a list of things I want to do daily, bi-weekly, weekly, bi-monthly and monthly. Meditation is under daily and go on a date night is bi-monthly, for example.
I love goals, but I also don't want to miss out on the present - all the things I used to want and now have - because of too much future planning and thinking. Set goals, but remember the sweetness of this moment right now too. There is a great quote "remember wanting what you currently have". Take the time to acknowledge where you are and how far you've come - often thanks to your past goal setting.
Good luck out there!