The time for new beginnings

The time for new beginnings

Happy New Year!

I know it’s May… but doesn’t it feel like the time for new beginnings?

I’ve written before about how much I dislike New Year’s resolutions. I know others who love them, so if they work for you, then great—you can stop reading, because you’re already in your 5th month of achievement!

For me, the first few months of the year feel too darn challenging (in terms of temperature and daylight hours alone) to set goals and discipline myself with new behaviours. I treat the winter as a time for hibernation, when I allow myself to rest and renew, just like what’s happening in nature. In Jan/Feb, everything has died back and is quietly awaiting spring.

In harmony with nature, I think Spring and early Summer are our best times to grow. Now is when I set my sights high, connect to my Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals and take a ‘no excuses’ approach to making progress. I expect more of myself when the weather is warmer and the days are longer. 

Your assignment:

  • What are some of your 10–20 year goals? How big, hair and audacious are they? (Remember the Tony Robbins quote: “… most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade.”)
  • What “end of 2016” goals might you set to take you closer to those big goals? If it helps, use this list of headings to get you started and add more that resonate with you: Work/Career, Money, Health/Fitness, Family, Relationships, Personal Growth, Fun/Leisure, Environment.
  • What smaller milestones could you check off each month / week / day as you make progress towards these?
  • How can you make the best of the summer months? What might help you squeeze the maximum awesomeness out of this time-frame when you feel most energised?

 

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