Goal setting is my jam.
Since the age of 15, I’ve been consciously setting goals. I’ve traveled abroad, lost weight, managed a vegan diet, became a yoga teacher, learned how to run, and dominated my academic career all through the process of setting a goal, creating a plan, and getting shit done.
With the New Year ahead of us I’ve noticed a lot of pessimism regarding resolutions. Don’t fall into this mindset! Without consciously considering what you want from your life you may easily fall victim to your circumstances. How would you expect to arrive at your dream destination if you don’t have a map?
While I am full of ideas for 2017, I like to set a single yearly intention.
Establishing a central theme for the year generates purpose. My focus shifts from what I’m doing to how I’m doing it. Remember, how you do anything is how you do everything.
Self Care was my intention for 2016. With health issues and a packed work schedule, I was more than a little burnt out. My body needed rest. Whether I was working out, job hunting, or spending time at home, I tried to find elements of ease. Even after a year, resting is not my area of expertise… but establishing what I wanted from 2016 helped me to prioritize healing.
For 2017, my intention is to Root.
verb. establish deeply and firmly.
noun. the part of a plant that attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground,
conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibers.
Yes, in this scenario, I am the plant.
Grounding is often mentioned in yoga classes. “Feel yourself rooting into your mat…grow your branches….feel supported by the earth.” It has helped me to notice the importance of faith and connection. Feeling a sense of trust in the Universe, God, what have you, is a fundamental need. Without a tether, I find myself feeling spacey, disconnected, and fearful.
To root is to feel secure, safe, and supported.
This theme carries its message throughout every aspect of my life:
I want to grow my roots at home and fully commit to living in my apartment. While we have lived here for 2 years now, I have yet to really decorate or make it my own. Our home has such excellent bones, it just needs a little sprucing.
Grounding is the opposite of anxiety, I think. I want to grow unshakable roots and develop a more trusting attitude. Optimism is a learned skill like any other. I aspire to create my own sense of comfort and well being, despite outside circumstances.
The Root Chakra is centered around basic human needs, a sense of stability, and trust. This year, I want to build a consistent routine that serves & supports me. Furthermore, I want to learn how to better support myself by building up my finances, asking for what I need, & knowing my worth.
Other habits I would like to develop include reading more, blogging consistently, embracing minimalism, and building discipline in my yoga practice.
With my intention in mind, I then establish SMART goals. Remember that acronym?
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely.
As an extremist with a type A personality, I have the habit of thinking “Well I’ll just change every habit I’ve ever had starting immediately!” and its overwhelming and totally unrealistic and doesn’t work.
Instead, I focus on small, achievable goals. The bar will be set so incredibly low, that the chances of failing are…well, its not impossible to fail, but the risk is dramatically smaller… Who’s perfect, am I right?
Micro-tasks are the key to accomplishing goals.
Here is what I’ve come up with for January:
- Do 10 minutes of yoga/centering per day (mentally grounding)
- Attend no less than 3 yoga classes per week (building discipline & routine)
- Read at least 2 books (building routine)
- Organize linen closet (physically grounding & creating space)
- Post on blog every Tuesday (building routine)
I am going to post my goals to this blog every month & report back….you can help me stay accountable!
What is your process for entering a new year? Champagne and vision boards? Comment below to share your goals & intentions! I would love to read them.