I can’t believe 2019 is around the corner! To be honest, I’m really excited about it. Right about now I start itching to play with my colorful BIC Gel-ocity pens (the best tools for my imagination).
I’ve been a consistent and prolific journaler since I was a teenager. Mostly because it helps me get my ideas (and chaos) out, but also because journaling helps me understand myself more.
Well, end-of-year journaling is a national holiday to me. I’m like a kid in art class, super excited to crack out a special new year journal and draw my dreams for the coming year!
What about you? Are you starting to noodle on your new year vision? Are you ready to step into a bigger vision and brighter version of yourself? I hope so! You’re limitless, after all.
So with that beautiful truth in mind, let’s talk about some powerful ways to do that. I like to approach this exercise in two phases. Allow me to explain.
Phase One: Honor your year.
Do an end-of-year recap. Life goes by fast and more often than not, we don’t take time to celebrate our growth. Slow down speed racer! The adult kid in you needs a pat on that back, so please give yourself that experience!
Plus, if you’re always focused on the next thing, you’ll miss the absolutely vital lessons along the way. So take an honest inventory of what worked and what you’d like to improve. The questions below will help you. Think of this phase of journaling like a closing ceremony—a way to look back so that you can spring forward!
Phase Two: Less but better.
Choose a realistic number of goals or intentions for 2019. For me, that’s three. Then write a list of all the action items needed to accomplish your goal. And finally, add these tasks to your calendar. If you don’t work them into your schedule or daily practice, they won’t happen. Goals without actionable steps are just wishes. Make it happen, captain!
Also, I highly recommend doing your end-of-year journaling and goal setting in one special notebook. Each year you can look back and track what worked and what didn’t. My husband and I have been doing this for about 5 years now and it’s amazing to see the patterns that start to emerge.
The big one? Our eyes are always bigger than our goal-setting tummies!
It’s shocking to see how much energy we pour into planning what we can accomplish in one short year. Instead, I’m challenging myself (and you!) to focus on what we can do in a lifetime. Think about how much more we could do if we designed our futures with intention and then took consistent, regular action steps to get where we want to go.