Last year, I let go of having resolutions and instead chose a theme to have as a focus for the year. It was an experiment to see if it would be possible to achieve outcomes that mattered to me without having a strict list of to dos.
It turned out way better than I expected! When I look back on 2014, I can honestly say that I lived out the theme of awareness and alignment with great success. Because of that, I’m now more clear than ever about who I am, who I want to serve, the work I want to do and the life I want to live. It’s been quite the journey and for all those days and weeks of doubt, confusion and uncertainty, the payoff has been worth it.
For 2015, I’m going the theme route again and it’s going to be…
In coaching, I encourage my clients to understand that awareness is important but not enough. When it comes to sustainable development, action must be taken as a result of the awareness. It can be easy to stay in the learning and discovering zone because it’s safe and comfortable. The real change is made when you can put into action the growth and development that’s occurred internally. Like the old saying goes, it’s time to walk the talk. It’s not about doing for the sake of doing but we do live in a physical world and we can’t just “think” our lives into existence!
Though inward reflection and discovery never ends, I feel the energetic pull to move my focus externally. I started this whole journey to find a way to bring purpose to my work and to share my gifts in the most meaningful way possible. A big part of my “why” lies outside of me and it’s time to see it come alive.
To support this theme, I plan to:
- push my edge and confront my discomfort around “readiness”. Instead of waiting to be completely ready and using it as an excuse to delay, I will take action when I am ready enough.
- get my body moving by doing one more class of yoga a week, snowboarding at least five times this season and hiking at least five times this year. (Though I hear my inner critic saying it’s not enough, I know achievable steps will get me closer to where I want to be instead of lofty goals that sound good, but won’t actually get done.)
- treat coaching like a business and not a hobby. This means having dedicated time in my schedule to honour coaching as serious work, and not something that happens on the side. It also means doing all the business activities that are necessary such as marketing, networking, program development and actual coaching!
- look back on what I’ve accomplished every month so I can see where I’m at, celebrate what I’ve done and make adjustments for the following month.
That’s it! Just like last year, I’m going to keep the spirit of experimentation alive and adjust as it unfolds. As long as I keep this theme as my overarching strategy for the year, I’m confident I’ll be able to keep my day to day tactical actions aligned.
If it’s helpful, I invite you to consider approaching your resolutions with a eye to the bigger picture. Check in with yourself and see if your tactical to dos align with what you’re hoping to achieve on a larger scale. If not, give yourself the opportunity to reconsider and adjust in support of living out a life full of what truly matters to you.