Nothing wrong with setting goals for the new year. But have you reflected on the past year yet? Or even the past few years? What has worked well and what hasn’t?
I came across some really good questions that you might want to ponder before setting your sights on the new year. Goals are great. But Intentions reflect more about your inner workings, no matter what your goals are. For instance, I intend to slow down, to be more focused, more patient, to notice my habits and what lies beneath them. I intend to thoughtfully respond to life circumstances rather than immediately react. I intend to take better care of my body. Things like that.
So before you lay the track to upcoming accomplishments, riddle me this Batman:
- What am I most proud of in 2019?
- What did I walk away from that was a great decision? What did I say NO to?
- What experience do I not want to repeat in 2020?
- Who or what inspired me most?
- What was my favorite experience in 2019?
- What new skill did I learn in 2019
- What do I wish I made more time for?
You can of course, go back further than 2019 if you like. I’m using the past few years to answer these questions and to reset my internal compass. If we don’t pause and explore our internal landscapes, take inventory of our favorable and unfavorable characteristics, behaviors and skills, how can we possibly grow as human beings and set the course for how we want our lives to be? No matter where you’re going and what you want to achieve, who is the person you want to be, now and when you get there?