Happy New Year!
I am definitely one of those people who loves setting new year resolutions. A new year always feels like an opportunity to have a fresh start. A blank canvas on which to create your new life moving forward, with renewed intention.
Like many of us, I used to set new year’s resolutions and, inevitably, forget about them after a month or two. I preferred setting shorter term goals in line with a general long-term vision. Waiting a year to see whether I achieved my goals seemed like far too long.
So, in the past couple of years, I shifted to having two or three specific, measurable, actionable goals that I could measure progress for on a weekly or monthly basis. For instance, instead of “lose weight,” I’d set a goal of “lose 20 pounds by December 31st” and break that down to “lose 2 pounds per month.” And in order to achieve that, I had to set a sub-goal of “workout 3x per week,” etc.
Then, a good friend introduced me to the concept of a “word” or “theme” for the year, in lieu of a new year’s resolution. Last year, my word was “present”. My intention was to be more mindful and live more in the moment, rather than my normal tendency to always be looking and thinking ahead, planning for the future.
This year, my word is “today.” The intention is essentially the same as it was last year: to be more present in the moment, focus on what’s in front of me, worry less about what the future holds, and think about what is the most important thing to accomplish today.
My daily or weekly habit to incorporate is to look at where I am and think, is this in line with my word? Is what I’m doing aligning with my intentions? Am I being present or am I worrying about the future?
Wish me luck.
I also set a new goal to blog more often. Whether that means writing once a week or once a month, I’m not sure. But I do want to reactivate this blog (which I haven’t written in two years – eek!).
What’s gotten in the way of me blogging in the past couple of years? Well, our team tripled our business in 2021 alone. The number of clients I helped and the amount of work that generated kept me very busy indeed. Besides the workload, I also have a perfectionist mindset. It takes a LOT more time to write a perfect blog entry (i.e., it will never get done). But, as they say, don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. So here I am, hoping that I will be much more active with this blog.
Other intentions (because I now hate the phrase “new year’s resolution”) for 2022:
- Eliminate distractions caused by others and focus more on my priorities (perhaps I’ll write more about this in the future);
- Better align my career with my skillset (more on this another day, too);
- Remodel our house;
- Cook more (husband and I have a goal to cook six days a week, with one night reserved for date night);
- Hoping that COVID gets under control and I can see people again without fear or hesitation (I’m grateful for my health but so tired of having to cancel plans!);
- Rescue an animal.
That’s it for now! Can’t wait to see you again soon!