For many the New Year is the perfect excuse and time to commit to some very lofty and not so lofty goals, a.k.a. resolutions. I currently have a living list of about 15-20 things I intend to accomplish this year.
In keeping the list realistic and balanced, I’ve labeled each intention as being personal, health or professional. In order to achieve goals in a healthy manner, it’s important to write each one down, think them through (why is it on your list?) and foresee the area(s) of your life the goal will impact. More importantly, you need to be aware of the area of your life you might be ignoring in order to achieve your goal.
For example, if all your resolutions are professional you may be jeopardizing your health. As you run through your list, it’s feasible that some of your intentions overlap labels. For instance, one of my commitments is to start a nightly home yoga practice. As a full-time yoga teacher and yoga business owner, I find this intention falls under all three labels –personal, health and professional. Based on the law of probability, my assumption is if an intention falls under all three labels there will be a greater chance of following through and accomplishing it. Take some time as you craft your list. Also, know that it is a living document and you can add to it as the year goes along.
Finally, set a mantra for the year that cast light over all of your intentions for 2008. Keep the mantra simple, personal and positive. Repeat it often. If you feel at anytime you’re off track in reaching your goal(s), return to your mantra. Breathe your mantra. Meditate on it. Let it become a part of your day and serve as a simple reminder that you can do anything you want if you put your mind to it.
“What is possible” is my mantra for 2008. It’s simple. It’s personal. Most of all, it reminds me that life is full of possibilities and I can do anything I want if I commit to it.