How much time do you spend each year, each month, and each week reflecting on your life and your goals? If you don’t consistently reflect and clearly define your desires, chances are you’re not living at the level you could be. I use to achieve only a very small percentage of the New Years goals I wrote down, but not anymore!
New Years has become my favorite time of the year. Each year I align more and more with the life of my dreams using my goal setting ritual. Having a precise plan of action made all the difference for me, and it will for you too!
I'm beyond excited to share my New Year's journaling tradition with you. In this blog, we dive into STEP-1: Reflection. Over the next several blogs I will post all my sacred tips to fail-proofing your BOLD vision!
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." -Oprah Winfrey
Looking back, it's been an unforgettable year filled with travel, adventure, new connections, family, and a ton of success on the goals I set out to achieve. Here's some of my highlights from 2015:
- My first time scuba diving, in Thailand!
- My boyfriend and I quit our jobs and moved abroad to Taiwan.
- We became English teachers (one of my goals from 2015).
- My young students brought endless joy, laughter, and silliness into my life!
- Visiting my boyfriend's family in Michigan, and my family in Washington.
- Exploring 5 countries this year: Mexico, Thailand, Taiwan, Philippines, and Hong Kong.
- Project Mari. Where I gave away 100-Sunflowers to people in Taiwan in honor of my best friend Mari, who passed away in 2014 from Cancer. Watch the Project Mari video here.
- Running my first FULL marathon here in Taiwan just a few months ago (a goal I tried once before and failed at, so it felt really f@*king good to cross that finish line)!
“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan
My goal action plan is always evolving. The more I study personal growth and myself, the more I tweak my tradition. After reading 33 books in 2015 (another goal I crushed), I have some juicy new things to add to my New Year's ritual! The way I set my goals is most highly influenced by these innovative leaders and their writing:
- Danielle LaPort author of The Desire Map
- Daren Hardy author of The Compound Effect
- Gabrielle Bernstein author of May Cause Miracles
- James Clear author of JamesClear.com
- Marie Forleo host of Marie TV
- Napoleon Hill author of Think and Grow Rich
Once you finish STEP-1 (below), dive into the books and blogs listed above. They contain powerful words of wisdom and practices that will transform the way you set goals!
There are 12 questions listed below to help you reflect on 2015. Crack open your journal, write down the question, and let your answers flow.
Don't overthink your answers. Write from your soul. Scribble the first things that pop into your mind and enjoy reviewing the last 365 days of your life!
You may want to leave a little room in your journal after each answer in case you need to go back and add something else later. Answering all these questions soulfully should take less than one hour.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” -Jim Rohn
- Who were the 5 people you spent the most time with? (Physically or virtually.)
- Who positively impacted your life this year? Write them a thank you. (Email is OK, but wouldn't you agree that a handwritten letter is more special and sincere?)
- Name 3 new people who came into your life who you will keep in touch with?
- Who do you wish you were closer to? How will you reach out to them this next year?
- What were the highlights of your year that made you feel most alive?
- What successes were you most proud of?
- What were you grateful for?
- What goals or dreams did you achieve?
- What did you give?
- What were the biggest challenges you faced this last year?
- Where did fear hold you back from a goal or desire you had?
- What unfinished business do you have left to end your year in peace? (EX: unfinished goals or projects, apologies, lingering relationships, unpaid bills, etc.) Schedule these and finish asap.
When it comes to my goal setting ritual, I love it so much that I take my sweet time. Rather than overwhelming, this process is empowering, blissful, and sacred! So have fun with STEP-1: Reflection and check back next week for STEP-2: Desires & Vision, my FAVORITE!
Thank you so much for reading. Don't forget to scroll down to leave me a comment on the blog. I value your feedback and would love to hear from you.
- Which reflection question was the most powerful for you?
- Is there a question I missed that I can add to my list?