Use January to set your goals properly!
Read the THREE STEPS to REALLY accomplish your heart’s desire!
The New Year is about a week old. We’ve survived the family rallies, office parties, Christmas and New Year's Eve and let's be honest: aren't we all familiar to that extraordinary feeling of relief as we collapse on our couch, turn the TV on and thoughtlessly start munching on whatever still appears eatable? Then suddenly - from the corner of one eye - there it is. The list of resolutions we drafted so excitedly:
‘Eat healthier.’ The problem about eating healthier is that so many cookies and leftovers are just desperately waiting to be eaten. Why don’t we just release them from their misery?
‘Be a better person.’ How - for example - can I be a better person if I throw away good food? I think of the poor and decide to keep it all.
‘Do more sport and run a half-marathon.’ Well, week is already over. Haven’t been out once. Hangover, temperature-drop and of course lack of proper, warm clothes. I realize I might actually also need a gym membership.
So, here’s plan B: postpone my resolutions in the second week of January! If we’re completely honest, we don’t even feel so bad about it or at least we know how to handle our guilty conscience, because that’s what we do - every. single. year! Only ONE WEEK has gone by and the 2019 To-Do List has turned into a more fluffily pilot scheme with twenty unconstrained, rather ideas that would be fun to do in 2019 including more lame excuses than solutions to finally achieve what we really feel the urge to accomplish.
3 STEPS in 3 WEEKS
Imagine, you freeze all your to-do lists, wish lists, still-open-since-5-years lists for the next three weeks. Every day you think about the following three points. But there is one ground rule that has to be met all the way: be completely honest to yourself! No judges, no one reading your notes, nothing. It’s just you and yourself. Be honest.
Take a notebook to write down whatever comes to your mind. Later, that notebook shall help you organize your thoughts, double check what really matters to you and help you precisely phrase your goals for the upcoming months and years.
STEP 1 – START DAYDREAMING
Whenever there’s time, try to put yourself in that status of daydreaming. Remember those times, as a kid, sitting in the school bus or just starring at the blackboard not hearing anything around you because you were dreaming of your future life? You, as a tennis star, a famous musician or a popular and never forgotten teacher. You dreamed of backpacking with your closest friends, learning how to surf waves in Hawaii or how to pass your bar exam. Those feelings were gigantic, deep, moving and filled you with energy, joy and hope, am I right?
Many of us have stopped daydreaming. We are stuck. We are stuck in our daily routine. Instead of surfing sea waves, we surf the Internet or try to survive endless duties, deadlines and responsibilities.
Step out of your vicious cycle, set yourself in daydream mode and answer the following questions:
What is important to me and why?
What has been important to me in the last years and is it still important?
Which values matter to me?
Did I live by these values?