What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
How was 2018 for you?
It’s resolution time. I realize this idea is met with varied and often polar opinions. But I believe setting intentions for the year is a powerful way to live. Only through being intentional can we change our behaviour, and only by changing our behaviour can we grow. However I do have a spin on resolutions that you may find more powerful than lists of goals and achievements.
Every new year I create a list of all the things that happened in the previous year that I am proud of, memorable highlights, experiences, lessons and learnings. By taking stock of what happened I realize that typical goals, like run a 5K PB, are not always what is most meaningful. Often it ends up being something like: ran a 5K despite being injured twice, having a family emergency, extra stress at work and your training partner quit (I figure I don’t have to mention the weather). It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a year. But it is even more amazing what you can overcome. Taking time to celebrate allows us to slow down and absorb how far we’ve come before we look at how far we have to go. ‘I’m not where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I used to be’ (Joyce Meyer). The truth in those words always stir me.
So when planning your goals for 2019 know that it will require more effort from you than you could ever imagine. But the promise is unimaginable joy and greater success than you could ever possibly plan for.
Be Sought (An Inspirational Poem)
Whatever you do, do it with purpose. Being focused is not something to be ashamed of. It is something to be proud of. When you know what you are doing and have a clear vision of where you are going, you will not need to chase opportunities. Opportunities will seek you. Happiness will chase you, you will be the one choosing.