Whether you’re starting the New Year with high energy or just barely able to show up, this much is certain: the year ahead is filled with uncertainties, new possibilities and opportunities. What will we make of opportunities that come to us? Do we have the courage to grab onto new possibilities? What resources will you draw upon to expand your potential?
Initially, setting goals for an entire year when there’s no assurance how or if we’ll achieve them can be overwhelming. So instead we check our e-mail—or go get a cup of coffee—or shuffle papers around on our desk. How do I know? Because I’ve been there.
For an easier way to craft our aspirations and channel our intentions specifically to each of us, consider these questions as a framework:
- What values align—or misalign—with our calendar and checkbook? For example, most clients tell me that family is among their top three values. If that’s true, why then is there no calendar time designated for family activities? If personal and professional growth is another high value, why then is your investment unfocused and inadequately funded?Think of the difference it could make if you scheduled simple rituals around your highest values like exercise, meditation, reading articles that would expand your awareness rather than numbing your mind by watching TV? Think of the value of scheduling—and honoring—one-on-one time with members of your family for activities that would build and cement your relationships. Imagine the benefits.
- What is my take-away from 2014? What did I do well that I can improve upon by being more intentional in 2015? Did you engage in too many activities? Read too many e-mails and block too few? Did you allow people and causes into your life when you knew in your heart it was time to move on? Let 2015 be the year when you make course corrections, sharpen your focus and take back your time.
- What new commitments are you willing to make for 2015? I have committed to focus on three important goals: To do the work the Lord has equipped me to do for the people he places in my path; To grow professionally by availing myself to books and mentors that ensure I provide greater value and influence for my clients; and that I continually show gratitude, appreciation, love and respect for family members.
The way to begin for any of us who want to do more or have more is to first become more. If we’re willing to commit just one hour a day to being more selective about ways we spend our time, think of the difference this could make over the course of a year in possibilities, opportunities and relationships. So much of life is in our hands.
Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it? Let me know if you’d like some support.
© Judith A DeLapa January 2015