over the years my goals have taken many forms.
Creating last year’s Mindful Summer Bucket List was life altering.
Feelings of summertime frenzy vanished as it allowed us to focus on savoring experiences over checking list-items off.
With the gift of this hindsight, we could see how our previous summer lists verged on being too much.
Previous years each list item was a tasty-bite on its own, but by summer’s end in place of satiety we felt sickly overstuffed.
Being mindful in our plans altered that & it occurred to me this same mindful-notion could be applied to my resolutions for the next 360+ days.
I examined what I’d been unsuccessful in shifting.
And I paused to consider the why.
I didn’t berate myself for failing to accomplish resolutions in years past. Instead I mindfully considered how Id approached achieving goals/creating new habits and challenged myself to consider why my approach hadn’t worked.
I considered goals versus intentions.
Just as I now set intentions for my daily practice—this year I mindfully set an intention for the next 365 days.
I reminded myself it took 4 years of naming ‘return to yoga’ as a goal before it finally came to fruition.
In addition, each of those years where nothing happened, I’d felt as though I’d let myself down.
For me 2017 is about setting consistent, mindful intentions not hammering out narrow, specific goals.
I revisited the power of losing focus.
I’m a firm believer in day dreaming. I advocate scheduling free time to get bored. I’ve found recently, in an effort to be more mindful, Ive become too focused on the present & work too hard to be in the now.
In addition, during times I slip into mindless living, Ive grown too quick to snap myself back to attention.
The creation of mindful resolutions reminded me of the growth potential in getting pulled off-track. It reminded me there exists no ‘track’ and no need for judgement when wandering happens.
In 2017 I will be kind when I take my eyes off the prize and gently nudge to refocus on where I want to be.
I acknowledged letting go as a victory.
I used to view letting go of goals as an indication I’d given up on my dreams and, by extension, on myself. Through creating a list of mindful resolutions it dawned on me this isn’t true. Perhaps my previous goals were steeped in romanticized notions of who I was/who I may be capable of being? Maybe they were fantastic goals which simply no longer served me?
Redefining letting go not as quitting, but as a victory and a choice has been freeing. It’s allowed me to fully see my now and honestly assess who I am, who I aspire to become, and identify how I might get there.
You may have noticed I neither shared this post prior to New Year’s nor have I listed specifics about my mindful resolutions.
There’s a method to my madness.
I believe any day is the perfect one to declare yourself ready to start anew.
My resolutions don’t matter–I believe in the power of changing how we resolve from goal-driven to a more mindful approach.
- Did you set resolutions for this brand new year?
- Are your resolutions of the goal-focused or mindful sort?