As we approach the New Year, I'm using the last few days of 2014 to reflect on the past year and to set intentions for the year to come.
Here are a few considerations to help you prepare for the New Year and inspire your goal setting:
- Let the doing come from the being. Take time to get to know yourself. Who are you and who do you want to be in the world? Of course getting to know yourself is a life long process, but try to plan your activities and set your goals from your inner truth.
- Meditate on your vision. Every action is preceded by a thought. Our thoughts and dreams make up our vision. Cultivate some positive headspace, enjoy envisioning your next year and keep dreaming big!
- The Sanskrit word Sankalpa describes the art of setting an intention and infusing our lives and activities with deep meaning. Giving meaning to our activities helps us understand more clearly why we want to do certain things. Set your general intentions first and then formulate more specific goals. Be aware of why you want to achieve a certain goal.
- Set goals with soul. Really sit with your goals, imagine that you have already attained them and bathe in the feeling that living with intention and achieving each of your goals will create for you. Planning our lives according to how we want to feel is very empowering (check out Danielle Laporte's goal setting workshop).
- How we use our time is what matters! It is not about how much money we make or what we spend it on, but how much time we make for what matters and how we spend our time. Focus on creating experiences and connections! Take a moment to prioritize what is most important to you during this next year and pick a few core goals to focus on.
- Be clear on your intentions and take the rigidity out of your goals. Instead of adopting a win or lose attitude towards your goals and focusing only on achieving a certain outcome, make it about the intention, the journey, the commitment and the way you want to feel. Enjoy the process!
- Live in the present. Connect to your intentions and recommit to your goals every day. Take the freedom to set new ones or make changes if it feels right. All you have is today and you can always start again. Life changes always, so don’t hold on to the illusion of permanence.
- Be committed and always do your best (I love striving to live according to The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz). It’s important to focus and use our time wisely. At the same time, be flexible and stay open to how your year will unfold.
- And finally, let's be grateful for being on this amazing life journey, for having the opportunity to get to know ourselves and explore the world around us, and for the freedom to choose how we want to relate to ourselves, others and the world around us.
Our vision and dreams give us the motivation, setting intentions provides us with meaning, and goals give us direction.
Have a beautiful start into the New Year!