Good Afternoon Everyone!
Wow! Can you believe it is already 2017?! I know crazy right. 2016 flew right by, and I am sure 2017 will do the same.
I have been thinking a lot about the new year, and the possibilities and the troubles it may hold. I try to consider both sides of the fence because sticking my head in the sand has never been in my forte. Besides, now is the time we are supposed to be setting new goals, right?
I would have to say, yes and no.
I think before we jump on a bandwagon for popular goals or surface level goals, we need to take a little time to really evaluate ourselves and see what we really want to accomplish this year.
“One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us.” By Daniel Goleman
One of the ways I decided to approach my new year goals, is to briefly read through various pages in my journal. I find that doing this allows me to see what emotions I was feeling and what caused them. It is so easy, at least for me, to gussy things up when remembering them, rather than being blatantly honest with myself. So reading over the emotions during that moment in time, and then recalling what caused it helps me to stay honest as well as remember things/situations that I may have swept under the rug.
After going through my journal, I really like to write down 3-4 prominent feelings and situations I noticed that frequently occurred in the last year. Once this is done, I start brain storming ways to improve on these situations and increase my emotional awareness.
Once I have a direction for my new year, I write out some goals. I have found that the most important one, I keep to myself. It is my own secret that I am working towards for me and no one else.
This year, I have settled on three things I want to improve on.
- I want to be more present, and feel a calm in the moment.
- I want to work harder on getting out of dept.
- This one, I will keep to myself, but let’s just say it is something I have harped on before.
It is a pretty simple list, but if accomplished, it could really change my life. I think simple goals are important for long term success. Instead of getting bogged down in the details, we have a better idea of what we want, without and specific path to get there.
What are your New Year’s Goals? What is your process in deciding upon these goals?
“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” ~ Michelangelo
Give my process a try, and let me know what you think. If you are not one to keep a journal, you can review pictures, social media, or articles you read to help spark the emotion and memories from the past year.
I really look forward to hearing from you!!
Until Next Time,