Setting intentions is great, but you won’t get you very far unless you have a plan to bring that intent to life. No one is proud of you for intending to do something. We like people who act, people who create, people who DO. Life is too short to think about doing stuff.
Since, I’m assuming you’ve already made your list of New Years’ Resolutions, go grab it and pick the top three things that are most important to you. Take your journal (you’re journaling about all the things you’re grateful for, right?? Remember that from November?) – and put each resolution at the top of it’s very own page. Then underneath it, write the steps necessary to make it happen. Lastly, give yourself a deadline. If the project is big, you can segment the steps for accomplishing your resolutions and have a deadline for each step. Then stick to it!
How many things do you wish you started a year ago? What small things would have added up in big ways?
I wanted to run or walk every day. Didn’t do it. I figured out it’s because I feel like unless I’m running 5-6 miles, that it isn’t worth it and doesn’t count. So, if I only had a half hour, I wouldn’t go. Guess what, I ended up not doing anything! This year, I am being more concrete. I need to be okay with just running for 30 min, because 3 miles a day is 15 miles a week! That’s a lot. Little things add up. Our resolutions and intentions don’t need to be these grandiose and elaborate plans.
I also wanted to print all of my pictures. Didn’t do it. Didn’t even organize them. Again, fail. So, it’s back on the list this year, but with a plan. On the first of every month, I’m going to download all of my pictures from my phone to my computer. Delete the crummy ones and save the rest and upload them to shutterfly or some similar site and put them in a photo book, then save the book. At the end of the year, I will have a beautiful album to print.
Some of my resolutions from 2016 were successful and I’m grateful for those. I have been nicer to my kids, I have read more books, and fostered better friendships. 2017 was a great year and I can’t wait for 2018! The next 365 days are a clean slate; you get to write your own story. What will it look like? Get it. We’re rooting for you.