I’m not a fan of new year resolutions. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but they feel a little loaded and somehow jinxed, as most people seem incapable of keeping them past January. That is why I instead define some intentions and set some goals for the year.
The intentions is an ongoing thing that I’ve been doing for a while. The organized goal-setting is new for me, but it’s something I very much look forward to transforming into a tradition.
Intentions for me are all those things that are constantly being decided, habits that you need to work to build and later to maintain. Things such as keeping a positive perspective, meditating, journaling, exercising, eating healthier are my intentions. I track them, but it’s not like something you accomplish and you’re done, they require constant work.
Goals, on the other hand, are actionable and something you can break down into a bullet list that when you finish crossing down is DONE. Goals require much more planning, but are also easier to track, and there is a clear finish line to them. They can also seem overwhelming if you don’t break them down into smaller actions and mini to-do’s, and that is why I believe so many people don’t really accomplish most of their goals. You cannot one day decide to win a Grammy, and just be done with it, but you definitely can make a list of things you need to work on and accomplish over days, weeks, months and years, to get to a place where you’re a musician that has grown enough to be considered for one. Someone once said that goals are dreams with a deadline, and I wholeheartedly believe that is true.
I find all this intentional living and goal-setting incredibly important. Maybe because it’s a constant reminder to get up and do the work, maybe because my inner control-freak-Monica likes to do all she can to try and feel more in control of things that are really too far ahead to be controlled or predicted. Who knows, but as long as it keeps me motivated and going, I don’t need to overanalyze it much, so that’s why I took an extended hiatus to work on these things.
What do you think? Do you make New Year resolutions? What is your approach and what do you hope to accomplish in 2016? I’d love to hear it!