I love everything about setting goals: writing them down in a blank journal (a pretty one, of course!), breaking them out into actionable steps on a calendar, creating checklists, and sharing them with friends. So when it comes to New Year’s, you bet I love making resolutions!
Now some will criticize New Year’s resolutions, saying that most people will fail at them. Perhaps there is some validity to it. But I also think there is something to be said about wanting more from life and not growing complacent. What’s better – to have made a goal and achieved 50% or 30% of it, or to not have made a goal and made no progress?
Soapbox aside, this year I was admittedly floundering when it came to writing my resolutions. It seemed I was staring at the same ol’ things in the face – be more organized with my finances, lose that “baby” weight (though the “baby” is now 5!), eat better, become a better business owner. What I needed was a new perspective and that inspiration struck me a couple days ago over at The Nestor who simply created a one-word resolution (hers was SLOW).
After some soul searching and a Facebook chat with a dear friend, a word came to me:
In the past, I’ve gravitated to the word discipline, but I think intention is a better word for me. Intention asks, “what do I want the outcome to be?” Intention causes you align your choices to your values. Intention isn’t about routine for routine’s sake, but allows for flexibility. Intention means letting some things remain undone so the most important things can get done instead. Intention is about action with purpose.
I think this is where I’ve been stuck in the past – feeling like I “should” do this, that, or the other without asking “what’s the purpose?” Unlike the word “discipline,” there’s something motivating for me about the word “intention.” Something that causes me to reflect and consider if my choices are lining up to my goals and makes me think of the possibilities.
Once I came up with my word, I outlined key areas of my life – family/marriage, spiritual, financial, business, personal, and home. For each of these areas, I created a few specific goals that related to the theme of intention.
Now this was my word, but maybe there’s another word that would resonate better with what you want out of 2014. Here are some others I thought of:
I’d love to hear from you. What word do you think would best describe your goals for 2014? What are your thoughts in general about creating resolutions?