I have yet to form a resolution. Perhaps my to-do list has just felt monumental these past few months, or maybe I haven’t focused and cemented what I want to do in 2015.
Still, as a type-A go-getter, I love goals and the quest for self-improvement, so here is what I am pledging to do, and these action could certainly be copied by you:
- Use January as a month to reflect and organize thoughts. I have new goals brewing, but I need quiet time to wrap my mind around next steps. I need to make lists, research, feel good about the goals I am contemplating. Why rush in? There are 12 months. Launching new goals after January 1 is OK. Who’s with me?
- Seek creativity and inspiration assistance. I just signed up for Chookoloonk’s winter journal class. It’s the last day to register, so check it out if you need some guided prompts. Since I am giving myself January to reflect and establish a plan of attack, this experience lines up perfectly to commit to my journaling. Maybe a new idea will emerge, or it will cement the focus swirling in my brain.
- Assess the finances. My husband and I just elected to hire a financial planner to take us through some scenario planning and housekeeping. Is this going to be fun? Hell no! But as many of my fellow readers know, we are considering a big move – relocate to Texas with my current employer or find new employment in California. Information is power, and finances are certainly key to the decision, so let’s dig in to the accounts, future goals, spending and beyond. We did a major financial review about six years ago, so we are overdue.
- Be your own BFF. Finally, as I was thumbing through the latest issue of Oprah, I discovered a fun new tip. Martha Beck’s piece centers around being your own best friend. Given my type-A, competitive tendencies, I am usually pretty tough on myself. The presentation could have been stronger. I should be writing more. Why didn’t I start planning the family vacation sooner? Martha suggests selecting a piece of jewelry, a scarf, or item of clothing, and when you wear that piece you can only be positive about yourself. Visual cues are powerful, so I am going to give this a try. In fact, I am treating myself to a new colorful ring to cement the deal.
So there you have it … I am little behind on the goal-setting work, but maybe not. Action items are forming, and 2015 has 365 days.
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still pondering?