From about the age of 10, New Years Eve involves coloured pens & coloured pencils, paper, paper, paper and me. .
Then I start, going about setting my goals for the upcoming year. Not resolutions but goals. Any boy do I have fun. I dream and I dream big. Logic is not invited to my New Years Eve party, and actually no people either. Just me, my paper and my pens. I look forward to it every year and truth be told, I start gearing up for it in about September.
I try every year to tidy up things and not carry unfinished business into the New Year. I don't always succeed, but I try my darnedest.
I read something at some point long ago that talked about why setting goals was far more achievable than resolutions. Goals can be broken down into bite sized pieces that are far more likely to be achieved. Breaking down a goal into smaller and more manageable steps can spur you onto each progressive step. So vowing to Never eat chocolate again and then consuming an entire box of Cadbury Favorites dropped off to you as a late Christmas pressie, can have you feeling like a failure even before the year began.
Think about the why behind the chocolate alienation. Is it really because chocolate offends you? Or is it that extra weight hanging around that is the real culprit. If so, setting a weight loss goal with a timeline, broken into little pieces is much more likely to succeed.
"A goal is a dream with a deadline", Napolean Hill
When setting my goals for the upcoming year, (which are part of my 5 year plan), I break these goals into categories. Health, Financial, Spiritual, Educational and Creative. Its like picking the curriculum for another year at school.
I then further break the goals into each month, allowing for time with family and time for myself by way of a new adventure or two.
I incorporate all of this into my daily meditation, visualization and setting of intentions. Sounds like a lot? I suppose it is. I often joke that I make list of lists, but I enjoy it and get great satisfaction when I strike something off of my list. Research has proven that setting small goals and achieving them give you a spike in dopamine, which further spurs you onto the next thing.
"Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will NEVER be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals" Unknown
An so another year is charted, but don't think me naive. I already know that there are new adventures awaiting me yet to be seen. That the weather is changeable and cannot be controlled, but having a plan is like the rope in a blizzard.
Happy New Year everyone! Make this year the best that it can possibly be.