Every January new memberships at gyms skyrocket (pre-Covid time indeed) and people decide the New Year is where everything will change: their body, their minds, and their lives.
Despite knowing that these New Year’s resolutions come from great intentions, the truth is that by the end of January, most people have already given up on them. The feelings of guilt and stress usually follow closely after. Before knowing it, we have already ruined the start into this new era.
What if I would tell you that instead of having a bunch of general New Year’s resolutions, you could aim for something new; something BIGGER. Instead of following the typical suggestions of society, you awaken your inner child! You sit down and you write your very own wish list (do not worry, the universe accepts your wishes all year long). Find a place where you feel comfortable, turn on some nice music and visualize yourself in 2021.
- How do I want to feel by the end of this year?
- What helps me accomplish this feeling?
- Who can help me/who do I want to be on my side for this journey?
Some things you also want to consider:
- Avoid negations (Instead of: “I don’t want to be sick”. Go with: “I am physically and mentally healthy!”)
- Write in the present (I am/I have/ I feel/ I do)
- Write from your heart: Try to feel it with all of your senses and only write things that really resonate with YOU.
At first, try to visualize your preferred feelings rather than definite goals. Once you feel comfortable with that, you might expand your wish list. Feel free to write down whatever comes into your mind and feels good to you.
Goal setting used to be very difficult for me since I did not allow myself to dream big. I also found it hard to visualize the perfect goal right from the start. However, I realized through my current training that what complicates things the most is overthinking. Setting your life goals does not have to follow the SMARTI rule nor fulfil a time or cost plan. You do not need to know the exact result and every detail of it yet. Sometimes it is more than enough to be aware of how we want to feel by the end of the day. You will see, the rest will start to fall into place by itself. If this sounds crazy to you and you still feel critical about this concept of goal setting, simply try it. You might be just as surprised as I was when I did it the first time. Remember everything you need is already within you; sometimes, it is just hard to believe in ourselves.
I wish you the most wonderful and joyous start into 2021 and lots of fun with your wish list.