Like many people, I love the fresh start of a new year and the opportunity it provides to realign myself with my intentions and goals. Yes, I am 100% a New Years Resolution kind of person, and I always have been. Truth be told I love goal setting and intentional living at any point in the year and certainly don’t wait until January 1st to act on all my intentions but I also can’t deny that I spend a bit of extra time reflecting and planning in the last week of December to prepare myself for the New Year.
For those that need it, the internet is full of prompts and sources of inspiration to help you reflect and prepare for the year ahead. Along the way and over the course of the last few years I have discovered a few resources and tools that have helped me hone in on what I want to achieve and come up a plan to turn all those big dreams into a reality.
In an effort to keep things a bit more simple this year, here is what I used as prompts to help me get sorted and discover exactly what I want to focus on in 2017
Marie Forleo is one of my favourite people and she has three questions to help you reflect on your year
Anthony from Break The Twitch on Youtube talks about two short term actions we should be thinking about in order to achieve our ideal lives. I thought this perspective was simple yet genius and it’s made me realize that I am a lot closer than I realized to spending my days exactly how I want to be. I took the time to write down a typical day and what that looks like for me at this point in my life. Beside that, I wrote down my ideal/perfect day in as much detail as I could really think of. How do I want to spend my time? Where am I? What am I eating? When am I waking up? Who am I with? What’s my dream job? I then took two different coloured highlighters: yellow for investment actions and pink for immediate actions. Anything that I had written down on my ideal day that I could start doing immediately, I highlighted pink. Anything that I wanted a part of my ideal day that simply isn’t feasible at this point in time (like that dream job) was highlighted in yellow and I know that is something I need to actively work toward by using investment actions, whatever that may be for that particular aspect. I love the simplicity of this and how it calls on us to be intentional with our daily actions. I’m a big believer that we don’t get where we want to go by chance, we have to work hard and having some semblance of a plan on where to focus our efforts helps us from spinning our tires and getting nowhere. I can’t wait to see how mapping out my ideal day and setting intentional actionables helps me achieve all my big plans and dreams!
Lastly, I wanted to mention something that I have spent a minute or two of each day in 2016 doing each night before bed. This Q&A a day book was a gift from my boyfriend in 2014 and prompts you with the same question on the same day for 5 years. As you go through each day year after year you get to see where you evolve and grow and where you stay the same. I love this book because so often I do my big reflections at the end of the year and never touch them again. This is a great way of keeping track of brief glimpses of yourself and your year without a huge time commitment.
Happy dreaming and scheming, I hope 2017 has big, amazing things in store for all of you
What’s your favourite way to get ready for the New Year?