Do you hate New Year’s Resolutions? Well, I know the word hate might be a bit harsh, but do you dislike them? Usually even just the thought of New Year’s Resolutions reminds us of all the things we didn’t do, of our ‘failures’.
Even the word ‘Resolution’ is so definitive, and really, it’s too black and white to be helpful when it comes to setting out what we hope to achieve.
But what I love to do this time of year is start dreaming.
I reflect upon what made me happiest and most fulfilled in 2015, and then let my imagination dream up what could make 2016 my best year yet.
I ask myself – What do I want to do more of, and how do I want my life to look?
Take a few minutes now to reflect over what made you happiest in 2015.
Then let yourself dream about what could make an even more joyful and fulfilling life. For example; if your job isn’t fulfilling you, then dream about what does fulfill you, starting small. It might be painting, spending time with friends, writing a blog, bike riding, meditating. How could you incorporate more of this into your life?
Take a deep breath as you let yourself dream. Then as the ideas come start writing them all down.
Now let go (and cross out) all the ideas that don’t feel as though they are coming from your heart – you know the ones! The ones that we think we ‘should’ want – like the healthy eating or meditating (even though meditating is definitely from my heart and is on my list!).
Read over your list, slowly. Breathe in and out as you read each one. How does each one feel? If some feel heavy then question whether it’s really something your soul wants, or whether it’s really coming from your head.
Review what’s left and ask yourself what your life will be like when you’ve reached each goal. What would your day to day look like? How will things be different?
**It’s the little actions we do regularly that brings about BIG change.**
As you refine your list you’ll most likely feel energised as these are your Soul Goals. Remind yourself of your list often and ask ‘what can I do toward a Soul Goal today?’
What comes to mind that would be on your list?
What if 2016 was going to be your BEST year yet?