As we all rush around madly and attending to end of year school concerts, parties, sports activities, buying, wrapping, celebrating, holidaying and December Daily-ing, who is thinking past the next 30 days?
“Pffft? How can I? I haven’t finished (or started) my Christmas shopping yet!?” I hear you say.
I am because it is this time of year I pull out my grubby, but loved, little note book and open it with trepidation to take a look at my 2013 goals list. <gasp> .. I am nervous. Every time.
You see about this time this year I set myself a list of goals for the next 12 months. Some a personal, some are for the family and some just for fun. It is not a huge or exhaustive list by any means but it is my way of knowing (and measuring) that not only am I getting older as each year rolls past but, that I am moving forward, I am growing, I am achieving. This is not a “new years resolution list” it’s my plan. It’s my way of stopping for a moment, among all the wonderful noise that this time of year brings, taking stock and adjusting the sails for the year ahead.
So first things first. 2013. How did I go?
I’m very nervous sharing this list with you all because it is the core of who I am, it is personal and it shows my failings. What I am hoping sharing this with you will show is that it all takes an effort. When people say to me “how do you do it all?” I know that I don’t, that I have plenty that needs improving but, I believe that when you set yourself a brief but deliberate plan you are on your way to achieving some of your goals and dreams and we all have those right?
I won’t do a point by point analysis of my success/failure against the 2013 list here but, I will say that despite many curve balls it was a good year. I achieved some I failed others. It’s all part of the process.
So, in thirty days this plan will be done and a new one kicks in. That is what I am working on now. I am stopping in fleeting moments of clarity and making notes on what next year’s list will hold for me.
So what has this process taught me over the years? It has taught me and constantly reminds me to
- be more thankful and always have hope for the future;
- taught me that despite thinking I have no time, if something is important to me I can find the time; (like completing a Project Life album each year)
- not to be too hard on myself and not stress about setbacks because as we all know, even the best laid plans …..
- to celebrates being able to tick items off and acknowledge that my plan is working;
- to appreciate and celebrate all that I have in my life even if it’s not perfect;
- that I am making progress and an impact both for me personally and my family;
- to have a plan;
I have decided this year to incorporate my 2014 plan into my project life album and will have an insert somewhere at the start of my 2014 binder. (stay tuned) Perhaps my kids or some future readers of our family history make take something from seeing this
So, I challenge you to set a plan. (if you don’t already) Stretch yourself but don’t make it impossible you’ll be amazed how much you can achieve and how good it feels, even if you don’t tick it ALL off.
This is the time of year to stop and really think about what you have achieved to date and be thankful for what and who you have in your life right now. It’s all too easy to get hung up on the bad things, on the negatives and the curve balls you didn’t always dodge. I challenge you to join me, set a plan, be positive and look ahead at what can be and what you can control. It starts in just thirty days…
PS. I hope you didn’t mind this more personal type blog. It’s not something I do too often but may consider in the future.
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