Alas, it is finally becoming a new decade in a mere few days. As the new year approaches, I always become reflective. I scroll through the photos that I have taken for that year and reminisce on the good memories. Of course, we all endure bad moments during the year, so I spend time reflecting and processing those as well.
However, something that I enjoy doing before the new year has come involves looking forward as well. I like to launch my mind into the future and consider what it is that I want out of the new year and how I want to change my life.
I previously wrote a blog post about 8 things to end in 2019, but I also wanted to provide some insight into how I make plans to grow in 2020. So, without further ado, here is the process that I undergo before the new year:
Reflect on the previous year.
Before you can think about the upcoming year, it is important to reflect on the previous year. Consider what you accomplished, what your priorities were, opportunities you experienced and even opportunities you may have missed, what held you back, reflect on the people you surrounded yourself with, and so on.
Here are two questions to simplify this for you:
- What was great about 2019?
- What held you back in 2019?
By answering these questions, you can begin to determine what you want to grow in 2020 and what (or sometimes, who) you want to leave behind in 2019.
What do you hope to achieve in the new year? It can be a big goal or a small goal. And these goals can vary.
Create several types of goals. Examples of these can include:
- Spiritual goals.
- Health goals.
- Mental health goals.
- Relationship goals.
- Personal growth goals.
- Career goals.
- Educational goals.
- And more!
It is easiest (for me, anyways) to determine what I want my goals to be by writing them down in a journal. I tell my clients this all the time, but you’d be surprised what you write down on paper that may not have crossed your mind if you were merely thinking about goals.
Note: Make sure that you goal (if it is for the year, anyways) is achievable! The last thing you want to do is set yourself up for disappoint by writing down a goal that literally cannot be achieved within a year. Keep those big goals! Just plan them on a bigger time-table.
Create a word for the year.
Okay, I may have stolen this idea from Rachel Hollis. But I mean come on, that woman is full of great ideas to help you embrace the life you truly want!
Anyways, consider the full picture of the upcoming year. What is the underlying thing in all of your goals? What is something that you have always wanted, but haven’t yet captured within yourself?
For example, my word for 2019 was courage. I had never felt like a courageous person, so I made that my focus for the year. And trust me, I did plenty of courageous things this year! I found my courage. And I documented each moment I acted courageously, whether it was by journaling or taking a photo.
So, find your word for the year and focus on it!
Remember that a new year doesn’t automatically make you a different person.
When the clock strikes midnight on January 31st, you will still be you. You won’t automatically have increased motivation for the entire year. Motivation comes from practice.
Prepare yourself for the ways that you will get in your own way. Will you get lazy? Will you lose motivation? Prepare ways to get yourself up and moving towards whatever goals you have set for yourself!
It won’t be easy, but it will be done because you can do this!