We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season! Now, it is January and that time when many of us reassess our busy lives and think about what we want to accomplish or do to balance our lives during the next year. With that in mind, we have some New Year ideas and exercises for you!
This one in particular works great, because its visual and you can measure what you have been focusing on or not.
Circle Goals Exercise:
Get a cup of tea or a glass of wine, find a comfortable chair, build a fire or pick a beautiful view, grab a journal and pen, and get started!
In each slice, write an area or category of your life that you want to focus on for the next year. Examples might be: Financial, Health and Exercise, Creativity, Career, Friends and Family, Spirituality, Romantic Relationships, Renovating the House, Writing a Book, etc. Draw a circle and divide it into 6 even pie-like slices. The equal pie slices are to remind you to give equal weight to each aspect of your life, if not in time at least in mental thought.
Write 5 measurable and obtainable goals you can accomplish under each category. Be specific and make sure you can see results at the end of the year. For example, under Financial, you might write: Put all financial information online by June; or under Creativity, it might be: Take an art course from the local university this year…You get the picture!
It may take you a couple of hours, or you might want to go back to it within a few days tomake changes as the process gets you thinking. When you are finished, go back and pickone goal that is most important to accomplish this year from each category and write that down and put it somewhere as a reminder, to look at occasionally. After 6 months, pull out your Circle Goals again and review it, but make no changes, then look at it again at the end of the year and reflect on all you have changed in your life. We never get everything in our Circle done, but we get so much more than we thought and we have given priority to those things that we say are important, but never seem to have the time to do.
I love this process, because it allows me to see in paper my whole life, where I am thriving and where I need to improve. This way I can pick 1 or 2 areas to set some goals. If you are anything like me, it starts with my fitness and health, because if I am not feeling my best nothing else happens. On January 1, I woke up feeling depressed, sad, tired, and overwhelmed with the year ahead of me, sure remodeling is fun, but lets face it, I am a woman and I want my house to look and feel pretty. Realizing that I have the power to change my state, I did what I know works for me, move my body, so I signed up to go to a class. Clearly there are other areas in my life that I want to set goals for, but movement and breathe is where it starts for me. When my Body and Mind are strong the rest flows and all areas of my life improve.
I don’t like the word resolutions, I prefer goals If we look at the outcome we want to achieve then we can create a road map to get there. Resolutions are just empty word, no wonder by Jan 15 they are so hard to keep. I am turning 57 this month OMG. What I know to be true is time is precious, our lives matter, we need to take accountability for that gift. January is a good time to take stock and see what goals you want to crush for the New Year.
I wish you a year of blessings, success and good health.