As the year and decade come to a close our thoughts usually take on a reflective mode as we look back on the year and our experiences. It is also a time to reflect on where we are in our life –
- is it going to our plan?
- are we happy?
- what can we change?
Sometimes life isn’t what we would like it to be but everything has a reason and learning from the ‘not so good’ experiences as well as the wonderful experiences helps us to grow and accept who we are.
I’m not one to make New Year Resolutions as I believe that by mid January our good intentions have flown out the window as life gets back into full swing after the holiday season. For me it is about having a LIFE PLAN that will provide me with health, happiness and challenge me with new experiences. You might like to read about Life Plan in my previous post ‘Forget New Year Resolutions – Why you need a Life Plan instead.
In previous years, as part of the #oneword365 project, I have selected a word (or two) for the year that will define the focus of my year. .
- 2016 – I wanted to find ‘Balance’ in my life
- 2017- My word was ‘Simplify’
- 2018 – It was the year to ‘Thrive’
- 2019 – I chose two words ‘Commit & Evolve’
I have had varying degrees of success in living my WOTY and perhaps they will always be works in progress. For me, and many others I’ve noticed, the WOTY is a little like NY Resolutions. We start out with great intentions but soon lose focus. It works for some but not for me. And so….
My WOTY for 2020? – I don’t have one. For me the new decade will have the focus on simple things, such as doing more of what brings me joy and happiness and less of the opposite.
A New Year and New Decade
2020 is not only a New Year but the beginning of a New Decade. A fresh start and the perfect time to take a life audit and to set your intention for the coming year and also decade. Some of our goals or dreams take longer to achieve than others so putting short term and longer term goals into place will give you a plan to work with.
In a previous post, Thriving with the right mindset I wrote about implementing a life audit to see exactly where you are at this moment in mind, body and spirit. We can push ourselves and slowly fall out of step with ourselves so a new year is a good time to get back on track.
Quoting from ‘THRIVE in Collaboration with Adrianna Huffington’ journal:
Steps to implementing your Life Audit
1. Check in with where you are now
Grab a notebook or your journal and Write whatever comes to mind.
Check in with your mind.
- Are you feeling stressed? Tired?
- Do you feel like there’s not enough time in the day to get things done?
Now check in with your body.
- How does it feel?
- Do you feel energetic or exhausted?
- Light or heavy?
- Relaxed or anxious?
How do you want to feel?
2. List your Dreams and Goals
3. Break those dreams and goals into the different areas of your life
- Purpose/meaning ,
Rank each area in order of importance to you.
4. Set your intention
By setting your intention to achieve your goals or dreams you are ensuring you can focus and stay committed.
So I finish this post with the question:
Are you ready for 2020 to live the life you want and deserve? Don’t just think about it – make it happen!