I love that New Years Resolutions are generally made to be broken. It’s as if breaking them is also part of the tradition.
This year, I challenge you to work on the goals you set the other night. To break them down into DAILY activities you can actually accomplish on a DAILY basis. This is important. Achieving something is nothing more than creating a habit to do so.
I like to do this in a dream journal. You can pick up a journal almost anywhere. This year my daughter and I made one with left over card stock. We folded 6 pages and sewed them together with string and I painted the front for fun.
The quote I used:
“Every time we say Let there be! in any form, something happens.” Stella Terrill Mann
Write an over all feeling you have for the new year in the inside cover. For me, 2011 is about allowing myself to dream big and remain open to the world around me.
From there your dream journal should break down into 3 areas:
1. How you are feeling right now. Capture the hope and excitement you are feeling for the new year. Give yourself something to go back to and gain inspiration from when the year throws you a curve or you’ve heard “no” one too many times.
2. What do you want to do with the goals and dreams you are chasing. How will achieving these goals affect your life? What will your life look like? Will you be living debt free? Live in a bigger house?
3. What kind of person do you want to be. What will you have learned this year? How will it affect the type of person you want to be?
This is a fun exercise. It’s not really about creating proper, measurable goals. It’s not about creating task lists.
This is about playing with your goal. Understanding how you, the person, fits into your own dreams and most importantly putting it down on paper so you can look at it everyday.
Use magazines to cut out pictures and phrases and put them in your book. Here is my page on how I’m feeling right now. I used the last few months of Fortune magazines to create these pages.
It’s a great little book to keep by your bedside and look at before you go to bed.
Happy New Year!