I’m not a resolution kind of gal. I never have been. Though I love new beginnings and Mondays are some of my favorite days, New Year’s never felt like the place to start something new. I’ve always believed that in my heart of hearts I know what things I need to work on and I don’t need to wait for a specific date to start.
But, this is a great time for taking stock. I like to reflect on the year that has passed and wonder at the possibilities of the year ahead. And, because the people that are normally attracted to my classes and all things Meet Me on Your Mat, I know that you too love to set new goals and forge new paths towards your best life.
So, in the spirit of new beginnings I thought I’d share one of my favorite goal setting exercises to help you get super clear about what you want to create, whether it’s January 1st or October 14th.
And, before we begin, I want to say one thing to you: You are already enough.
You do enough, love enough, have enough, create enough, and are already enough. So, let’s take a deep breath and on your exhale let any doubt about that go.
This exercise is just to get you to step a little closer to bringing something new into your life – something you’ve been called to ask for. Because there is always something that comes into our field of vision time and again that gives us that nagging sensation of, “Hell, yes! Wouldn’t that be cool if….?”
So, here we go.
I want you to set a timer for five minutes and write down everything you think you need to truly create the life you see for yourself in your mind’s eye.
It can be things, sure. Why not? But, it can also be experiences you’d like to have. Or, an overall feeling that reaches into your home/work/family life. You name it. The sky’s the limit. In fact, it’s not. Go beyond the sky. Write down anything and everything.
Great! Now pick your top three. Or, maybe just choose one.
From here it’s pretty simple. List what you would like to create.
Then, find one simple thing you can do in the next 24-hours to move towards it. Like maybe if you want to start writing a book, you can set the goal to write one paragraph. Or, if you have always wanted to take up a hobby, like photography perhaps, book a class with a teacher by the end of the day, so it’s on your calendar. It doesn’t have to be huge, but there should be something, some way, to start making it feel real.
The next step is the one you are going to resist.
It requires you to be vulnerable. You have to tell someone about your new goal/project/perspective. And, also tell them about the action step you took towards it. This will set everything in motion, so do not skip this.
And, if you don’t have anyone to tell, write me and tell me all about it. We weren’t meant to keep our dreams/wishes to ourselves. Your dream has way more chance of coming to fruition if you let everyone know what it is. That whole “don’t tell anyone or it won’t come true” thing is a total lie.
First of all, when you spill the beans and tell someone, it helps you stay accountable for sticking with it and moving towards what you’re working to bring into your life. Your friend or family member will bring it up and ask you how it’s going. And, the more people that know, the more they can help you get there.
Now, stick your worksheet where you can see it. On the fridge, next to your yoga mat, in your home office. It will remind you of where you’re headed even on the days where you feel blah about the whole process.
And, on the days you feel stuck? Go back and choose another action step to take within 24-hours. And, again tell someone about it. Repeat again and again until things start to unstick themselves and move forward.
So, instead of a resolution I hope you choose a revolution: an overthrow of your old ideas in the hopes of accessing something new and fresh for your life. Because you are in charge and creating it every step of the way.
Start to tune into that, and you, my friend will be unstoppable.
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Tori Hicks-Glogowski is an online yoga instructor and yoga business coach and mentor for yoga teachers. She is the author of the book, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," and has been writing and sharing her yoga experience for the past seven years. Find out more about Tori now.