Around January 1st of this year you had goals. Maybe this was the year that you were going to buy a house, or new car. Or maybe you were going start a blog. Or perhaps you are like the millions of other Americans who wanted to dedicate 2014 to being more healthy. Regardless of the goals you set, I want you to pause for a moment, and think about where you are currently in regards to those goals and if setting them is productive use of your time.
According to StatisticBrain.com only 8% of the people living in this country are successful in achieving their New Years Resolution. While resolutions are in many ways a tradition, they are also a declaration. You take time to evaluate yourself and your life, and you find ways for improvement. You then declare that you will do everything better.
Which I think is a big part of the problem. Goal setting can fall into the same joy sucking category as resolutions unless you re-frame and relax a little. If at the beginning of 2014 you had 20 things you were going to overhaul perhaps your list is too long. If you have a list but have not investigated how you want to feel and if these changes will actually produce those feeling, perhaps it’s time to re-think from a different angle.
Getting back on the goal wagon may actually mean re-evaluating the process all together and meditating on what you truly want and how you want to feel, period. When I have clients take a Fearless Inventory, it brings clarity to what they want while including their desired feeling state. Spending a little time thinking about what is right in your life right now and celebrating the small changes you have already made this year is a valuable exercise and feels good too.
Now if you are currently part of the 92% that has either fallen off the wagon, or will do so eventually, then I would like to formally invite you to hop on a completely different wagon or to torch the wagon altogether.
I hope this post inspires you to take an honest look on how much you have already accomplished in 2014 and to celebrate those accomplishments. It is easier to focus on what you have not done but remember what you focus on grows, energetically.
In the comments below please share with me your thoughts about goal setting and goal torching. Have an awesome week, and as always, take care of you.
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