Ahhh. A new year. Can you smell it? The resolutions, the goals, the promises, the hope. It’s all still pretty fresh just four days into 2016. I’m all about setting goals and intentions for a new year, but I want them to be something more fulfilling than lose weight, exercise more, be more organized. I want them to be specific. I want them to have steps that I can take to reach them.
I want them to be something that will make me and my life better.
So whether you call those resolutions, goals, or intentions, make sure you choose something to direct your attention at. It can really help motivate you to do new and better things.
Last year I chose a word to define my year. I picked one word and tried to make my decisions and choices with that word in mind. I chose passion and I think I did a fairly good job of putting passion into everything I did. I’m going to do a fairly similar thing this year, but instead of one word I’m going to use one question to frame my goals.
What’s the worst that could happen?
This isn’t a nonchalant “Eh, what the heck, let’s give this a go” type of attitude. I frequently don’t do things because I’m afraid of what might happen. Mainly failure. I hate to fail and that fear has held me back from trying or doing new things.
I want to approach this year with the idea that even if I do fail at something it isn’t the end of the world. At least I tried something new. And there is a really good chance that I won’t fail, that I’ll excel at my new endeavor and find new strengths and happiness.
So with that in mind, what do I want to do this year?
- Dive deeper into yoga (maybe even become certified)
- Expand my writing (maybe even some non-fiction works)
- Be stronger (physically and mentally)
- Nurture face-to-face relationships (the internet is great but so is being with someone in persn)
- Create new things (recipes, art, love…. anything)
There are plenty of things that I am ready to dive into and some of them scare me a little, but hey, what’s the worst that could happen?
What are you ready to try in 2016?