It’s the end of January 2018 and your New Year’s resolutions have already gone out the window?
Don’t worry. Let’s press the Reset Button. Let’s have a Do-Over. Let’s do what I love to do every time I flub up: Begin Again.
I’ve just finished planning my 2018 using the same tool that helped me reach some big goals last year. It’s simple and it’ll help you feel calmer and more confident to accomplish what you’d like to this year.
Step 1: Draw a large circle on a sheet of paper. Make sure it’s perfectly round. If you can’t freehand a perfect circle, then trace around a plate or something that’s a perfect circle.
Step 2: Toss that perfect circle in the bin.
Just draw a nice large circle freehand on a sheet of paper. Smile if it’s a little wonky.
Set that blank wonky circle aside for now and move on to Step 3.
Step 3: Grab any old piece of paper and jot down all the goals and wishes you have for the new year. Then start thinking of them as intentions rather than goals and wishes.
Step 4: Write down your personal theme(s) for the year. That feeling of “It’s time to…”
Last year mine were Completion and Discernment. I really wanted to complete some projects that weren’t getting done. And I wanted to practice discernment in how I spent my time and what I let into my life.
This year two of my themes are Creativity and Listening. I want to create something that has been tapping on my shoulder for a while, and I want to be still and silent more so I can listen to the guidance that is always there for me.
Some other ideas for your theme this year could be:
- Simplify your life
- Say No without feeling guilty
- Declutter and release what you no longer need
- End procrastination and step into action
- Be more present in the moment
- Health, energy, vitality
- Connection and Relationships
Brainstorm for a couple minutes and write down whatever comes to mind. As you look at everything you jotted down, you’ll notice one or two feel like a higher priority than the others. Choose those one or two themes and write them inside the circle you drew earlier. Focus on them daily.
When you know what your main priority is for this year, it will make it easier for you to make tough decisions as they come up. For example, if I’m reminded daily that one of my priorities is to be still and listen more, then I’ll be creating specific alone time for myself and probably not falling into the trap of overdoing socializing.
Step 5: Divide the year into either three four-month sections, or four three-month sections. It really doesn’t matter which one you choose, but most likely one or the other will feel better to you so choose that one.
Get your calendar and fill in all the events and things you already know will be happening throughout the year. Then fill in your intentions (formerly known as goals and wishes) into the months you’d like to work on/complete them.
Then throughout the year, focus only on the section of year that you’re in. Your time and energy will be devoted only to those intentions, not worrying or wondering about what’s coming up later in the year.
Staying focused on only a few months at a time will energize you, motivate you and create momentum to help you achieve all that you want.
You can create a vision board or notebook using bright images and words that depict the intentions for the current section. Remember to also focus on your themes daily and to be conscious of making decisions with your themes in mind.