I think that New Year's Day might be my favourite holiday.
I love the feeling of a new year and a fresh start. I set goals and intentions for the new year, and reflect on the year that is past.
Instead of setting resolutions, I like to set a focus and goals for the year. I also set a word for the year. For 2018, my word is “Intention”. I want to make sure I don’t sleepwalk through my life this year, and being intentional will help me with that.
I think of the new year as a time to re-evaluate, reflect, and get back on the right path. Some of the things to consider are:
- What do you want to stop doing?
- What do you want to start doing?
- What’s a big crazy goal/project/trip/activity you’d like to try/do?
- Where would you like to focus in the new year?
- What’s something you’ve always wanted to do? Is this the year to do it?
- At this time in 12 months, what do you hope is different?
Another ingredient to consider is your values. If your goals don’t align with your values, you’re probably not going to make them happen. If you’re not sure what your values are, I encourage you to spend a little time thinking about that. Knowing your values will help you direct your life in all areas.
Lastly, make a plan for your goals. Include. Write a list of the tasks required to achieve the goals, and get to work. Nothing will ever happen if you don’t make it happen! If you need someone to hold you accountable, consider getting an accountability partner, a mastermind group, or a personal coach. Make the time to re-visit your goals throughout the year, and give yourself credit for progress.
The magic happens when you take control of your own life. Set your intentions, write down your goals, and jump into 2018 with both feet!