December is coming. That usually means two things for me: 1. The calendar is on complete lockdown until I get my syllabi and class stuff worked out for the spring semester, and 2. It’s time to write annual goals for the coming year.
Look, I don’t like to sugar coat things with my Fab 13….so here it is. No doubt about it, 2014 was one of the hardest years of my life. Personally and professionally, it was riddled with challenges–some of which I’m still trying to understand WHY they occurred as they did. Here’s my holiday card on it (where I did sugar coat it a little more).
While I’m still trying to make sense of the madness, and I fully realize that I have one month left of this tough year to turn the ship around, I’m more interested in putting together my plan for 2015. Playing victim and pouting will get me nowhere. Instead, I want to wipe the slate clean, shed all the heinous stuff that happened (even if I still don’t understand why it happened) and move on.
Onward. Forward. Improving. Better.
So, here’s what I’m going to do in order to create a clean 2015. Ready?
Steps for A Clean 2015
1. First, I’m going to set my intentions for the year. I’m going to use the bottom half of my holiday card to put on paper how I want my 2015 to sound, look, feel and BE. I need to articulate in writing and in my head who I want to spend my time around. Synchronicity. I’m going to throw out my visualization of the best 2015 and let the universe fetch it for me. This WILL be the year of quantum physics taking over my life – as long as I’m careful about setting the intent for my life rather than sitting back waiting for it to happen to me. Victim mentality is now over.
I’ll be honest – while I’ve written my goals for every year for a while now, I’ve never set my intentions before. Maybe this will help? It can’t hurt!
2. I’m going to write my goals for the year. On real paper. This process I’ve shared with you before – I have buckets that I place a few bullets each under – professional, personal, business, spiritual, financial, edutaining brain development. ONE PAGE. If it gets any longer, it gets too gangly.
3. The goals are going in my notebook. I take 2014′s stuff out of my Moleskine, then put that list in my collection of annual goals (now I have quite the little pile), and then I replace it with 2015′s. That way, I carry my goals with me wherever I go. It may be time to replace the Moleskine too – we’ll see.
4. I share my goals (and intentions) with “safe” friends. This is the hardest step, because you have to find someone who you trust to share your goals with. This process is powerful, and frankly, some people in your life can’t HANDLE your big goals. That’s fine. Just don’t share with them. Share with people who are going to support you – NOT hinder you. Even if you can only find one person. Putting them on paper is important, but reading them out loud is also equally important. I don’t want to get too Tony Robbins here, but it’s truly creepy how the universe brings you what you ask for – even if it is not wrapped in the package you thought it might be (and those packages can be tricky!)
You’ve just witnessed the future, as this is my coming December. Regardless of my own year end, do whatever works for you. While I’m certainly no expert on awesomeness, I would suggest that you begin setting your intentions now for the coming year. Try it along with me. Let’s test quantum physics and synchronicity out together!