How do you transition in the new year? Many people gather with friends and family on New Year’s Eve to celebrate together. New Years Day has a number of traditions including partaking in specific foods, watching football and sometimes even kicking off a new pattern of healthy eating.
Around the turn of the year, I love to take a little time to look back and also to look ahead. I look back over the past year to reflect, celebrate and learn. One of our family traditions is to look back at all the digital pictures we took in the previous year and put together a simple hardcover book that serves as our “year in review.”
I also enjoy taking the time to look ahead towards the upcoming 365. You see each of us have dreams, hopes, and aspirations for the coming year. Some of us keep them on the forefront of our mind, others have them tucked far back in the depths of our soul. If you want to turn these life intentions and aspirations into a reality you will have to pull away from the daily pace of life to plan for it.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2019? How will you get there?
I want to challenge you to a simple activity to kick off your new year. You can do it in as little as 45 minutes. You could take a whole day if you prefer. I want to encourage you to have a plan to make the most of your upcoming 365.
Here are 6 easy steps to make the most of your year.
- Find the right space for you – for me, it is usually a new coffee shop, find your space where you can think and dream a bit. I recommend somewhere unfamiliar – the new surroundings can help you think out of the box.
- Pull out a piece of paper or Google Doc and put these words as headers: Fun, Family, Faith, Fitness, Finance, Career, Education
- Spend a couple minutes in reflection for each area:
- What did you pursue and accomplish last year
- What were you pleased with?
- Are there things you wish would have gone differently?
- Take 60 seconds per area to come up with and write down 1 thing you want to accomplish in that area of life in the next year. Do not overthink it. Just write down the first 1-2 goal’s that come to mind for each area.
- Look back over each goal you have written and ask yourself “is this too easy?” as well as “is this actually possible?”
- Take a copy of your goals and share it with a trusted friend and ask them 2 questions:
- Are these goals good and realistic for me this year?
- Will you ask me how I am doing at pursuing these goals?
If you want to go more in depth with your goals then have at it! The point is to get started and have something clear and focused to go after this year.
If you’d like the extra encouragement and accountability feel free to share your goals with me! I’d be happy to share mine with you!