It’s resolution season, but your list means nothing without intentionality. Do yourself a favor. Get out a piece of paper or a blank word document. Tell yourself a story of what it is like having accomplished your goal. Imagine waking up on January 2, 2020, and you have accomplished all of your resolutions. How do you feel? Where are you? What is around you. How do you look? How do you spend your time? What is in the room? Who are the people you see that day? What is your plan for the day? Do you have daily rituals? What do you know?
Be vividly clear and descriptive, so detailed you can feel it right now. Keep this close to you, read it every day. This vision will be your fuel when you don’t feel like doing the work.
If you know me or have followed my blog posts, you know how much I love Mondays because they are like mini New Years Days every week. Today is New Years Day, my favorite day of the entire year.
I love the energy of New Years Day. My parents used to throw a New Years Eve party when I was a kid. My family came over. We sang karaoke, danced, played games, and ate great food. We would all gather in one room and watch the ball drop in New York City.
“Happy New Year!” the entire house exclaimed. I loved energy, the positivity, the happiness, the optimism. Everyone hugged each other and exchanged blessings and well wishes. Then we went back to our party, enjoying life and enjoying each other.
No matter what happened up to that point, the New Year brought with it new optimism, a chance to build upon past efforts, grace from past failures, and a reminder to clear your plate for new opportunities. It’s a day that represents the future like nothing else.
This past year has been a year of challenge. It’s felt like an uphill run with weights on my back, ankles, wrists, and head while people where were driving by hurled insults and garbage at me. And like any hard workout, I am glad I finished it. I am grateful for the experience because I am now stronger, more capable, and more motivated to keep going than I have felt before.
I was once told, “You can’t help other people through something you have not experienced yourself.” I believe that. I want to help a lot of people, so I guess I need all the “experience” I can get.
Here’s to 2019!