With great anticipation, the New Year is finally here! The promise of a new adventure and all the excitement are always enough to put a little pep in my step. But this year, I’m doing things a little different.
Typically, the ending of a year sparks a lot of lofty goals; eat less meat, plan more vacations, practice more yoga, go to bed early, save more money; my list is often long and all-encompassing. And most likely, you have a list of your own.
Well, it’s time to get real about that list. Instead of hitching our desires to a list of hopes and promises we make in haste once a year, how about we ground them to who we consistently know ourselves to be all year long? The idea here is simple. Seeing our goals as an expansion of what we already know versus starting something lofty and new new will not only give you the know how to move forward, but it will provide the perfect amount of oomph to get you moving.
So, if this year your goal is to finally pick paint a more vibrant color for your otherwise white walls; keep in mind, you’ve been choosing colors all along when you pick out your wardrobe every morning. Or, if this is the year to follow your dreams and start a home business, keep in mind, you’ve already spent years supporting someone else’s professional dream. Or, if this year you vow to organize that mystery room in your house; keep in mind, when you get out of bed every morning, make coffee and find your way to the front door; you’re the one who organized your life so all that could happen.
Regardless of your personal or professional intentions this year, I invite you to see the similarity between the skill set required to accomplish your 2013 goals and the skill sets you’ve already mastered elsewhere in your life. Connecting these dots will bring you the instant confidence you need in order to take the first and last steps. After all, how can you fail at something in which you already succeeded?
As the Chinese proverb says… ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. I say… ‘You’ve known how to fish all along’. What are you waiting for?
If you’ve yet to make your list, now is the time. Start by answering the following question:
What will be different about your life this time next year?
I’d love to hear in the comment below.
Until next time…