On Setting Goals in the New Year

Winter RosesJanuary often inspires us to make grand plans for make-over/shape-overs, clutter-busting closets, writing great American novels, and essentially cleaning, crunching, and hand-crafting our ways to a better, more fulfilling year.

While such goals can be inspiring and rewarding, we can also put a great deal of pressure on ourselves to do and be more–and overlook celebrating all that we already are. It can help to remember to practice self-compassion when we are thinking about the things we’d like to change and improve in ourselves and our lives.

We can choose a gentle internal goal to go along with the big external ones; some small intention that might remind us of our deep true value on a daily basis–something that keeps us in touch with that essence of our being that goes beyond what we “do” and touches into who we are at our core.

Some examples might be:

  • taking a cleansing breath or two at every traffic light or while standing in line at the grocery store.
  • thinking over what you are grateful for while brushing your teeth.
  • taking five to ten minutes to light a candle and meditate before the kids get up.

Sometimes a small, mindful action that doesn’t feel like a mountain to climb can open the way for more energy, more love, and more compassion towards ourselves and others.

See you at our next meeting, January 16 at 9:30 a.m.!

Happy New Year!