This year I’ve decided to give my New Year’s resolutions a head start. Why start on 1/1/2015 — the day that is globally marked by hangovers and sleepless nights? Rarely do I feel like hitting the gym or updating my resume with a belly full of champagne. Instead, I am going to say Happy December 1st and get a jumpstart on setting — and starting — my goals for 2015, today. We don’t need a calendar to dictate when to create change. I guarantee you will be far more likely to stick to a gym routine when you don’t have to wait in line for the stairmaster. I also have a hunch that the acting class you’ve had your eye on won’t have a waitlist when you sign up 30 days before the New Year. Let’s beat the crowds and the disappointment that are synonymous with resolutions.
For today’s Monday Motivation, I invite you to join me in setting your intentions for 2015 in five easy steps:
- Set a Theme – Let’s celebrate the next 365 days by deeming this the “Year Of.” It can be anything from the Year of the Leading Role, the Year of Education or the Year of Creativity. Setting a theme is not only fun, it sets the tone for a meaningful time in your life.
- Brainstorm Your Intentions – What would you like to see happen during your “Year Of?” What do you want to do? Who do you want to be? Give yourself the space and time to discover how to bring your theme to life. I suggest you take notes so that you can visualize and review your intentions.
- Be Specific – Once you’ve established your intentions you need to be smart and specific with your goals. I love when my coaching clients are big dreamers and tell me they want to be the lead in a blockbuster movie. Go big or go home, am I right? But as their coach, I have to bring things back to the nuclear level and ask what steps they are going to take to land that starring role. A more manageable, attainable and timely goal would be to apply to 5 casting calls a week for three months in order to obtain a role in a major motion picture.
- Enlist a Buddy – Research shows that people are able to tackle difficult problems or situations when they work as a team. There is no need to go it alone! Find a friend, partner, classmate or coach who will celebrate the “Year Of” by your side. Accountability is one of the best ways to achieve a goal and I know that your buddy will be the push you need to continue along your path.
- Document Your Progress – Monitor your progress by keeping a “Year Of” journal. I’ve found that documenting my triumphs as well as set-backs has been key in following through on my resolutions. Sharing stories and photos allows you to see patterns of what is helping and hindering you on your journey. Plus it will be a gift to look back and see all that happened while you were living with intention and purpose in 2015.
Are you ready to kick off the New Year early and find success before the rush of January 1st? I would love to hear what theme you choose. Share with me today!