Transitions – A new year and a new way

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Transitions – A new year and a New Way

 

First of all, Happy new year and happy winter solstice!  Though it’s been getting lighter ever since Dec. 21, I am just now seeing the difference with my eyes (and my daffodils are starting to poke up!)!

 

TL;DR if you want to get right to the meat of the post, head down to the bottom where I talk about my goal setting process and download a free worksheet, so you can work on yours!

 

Back to the new year.  Transitions.  Big ones.  I’m jazzed by them.  They fill me with excitement and joy and great expectations and overwhelm.  I love the thought of all the things to come.  The curiosity for what’s ahead.  

 

It’s super hard for my running-a-million-mile-an-hour brain.  There’s space in there for all the ideas, for all the goals, for all the projects and processes.  And there’s not enough time in the day.  And there’s not enough energy in my body.  

 

Jan 1 comes around.  I’m excited, but scared and a little overwhelmed.  It’s such a big opportunity for a fresh start.  A clean slate.  There’s so much at stake!  And I’m not ready!  I don’t have all my plans listed, ironed out, ready for action.  What am I even doing with my life anyway?  I can’t even possibly get all this stuff done.  I freeze.  I’m setting myself up for failure.  I’ve now broken trust in myself.  

 

Last year I made a change.  I finally saw how hard I was being on myself.  I didn’t deserve that!  I stopped large-scale goal setting in the new year.  I might choose a word or two of focus (if you’re curious, this year is Simplicity and Playfulness).  A theme.  But that’s it.  

 

Now I set my intentions and lay out my goals each month.  It’s a smooth process and there’s lots of room in it for me to appreciate my accomplishments and accept my challenges.  I sit down and reflect on just the prior month.  I don’t sit and reflect on how many things I didn’t do.  I sit and reflect on where I kicked butt and what challenged me.  Since I’m coming at it from a place of strength and love, I am able to give myself grace when I don’t finish something.

 

It doesn’t take much time.  Maybe ½ hour.  Maybe more if I’m planning something really big.  I’m only thinking about the next 30 days.  There’s much less pressure.  I can remember my accomplishments for a month much better than I can for a year and there’s way more opportunity to catch something that’s not working.  I get to bask in my successes and evaluate the importance of my goals and the resources I have to meet them every month.   

 

I still feel the excitement, energy, joy, and curiosity with large transitions. But now I’m ready for them.  I can savor the feelings and the freshness without fretting over who I am and what I’m doing with my life.  I can look back and remember all my wins and feel proud.

 

You can feel this way too!  Download this worksheet and get started.

A quick note on SMART goals and BHAGS

 

SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Bound

My smart goals are the ones I keep in my monthly review.  Many of them are related to my BHAGs and/or my theme.  

 

BHAGs are Big Hairy Audacious Goals

I keep a running list of BHAGs.  I update it as I see fit.  Before I start on one of these big goals, I break it down into bite-size pieces.  Some of these pieces make it to my monthly list as I see fit.  As I am ready for them.  As I have the tools/resources for them that will make them successful.  If you want a super helpful worksheet that will help you break down your big goals into bite-sized bits, click here.

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