I'm not big on New Year resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I love the built-in yearly opportunity to reflect, ponder, wonder, accept, and forgive all that went on during the previous 12 months. I love the ritual of wiping clean and starting anew. I also love giving myself the chance to try, try again. I always felt, though, that resolutions were too confining and they left me feeling more than bit constrained. In the last decade, I realized that what I was really after was not the end-game of a resolution, but the understanding of and goal-setting toward a feeling state. Example - if I am starting the year feeling less than in MY best physical condition, rather than saying "I want to lose 5lbs.," I say, "This year, I want to feel Lean, Strong, and Energized." You might choose something like Flexible, Light, and Consistent. I love how specific I can get. That specificity can then tie directly to action steps to get to that feeling state. And 3 is a great number.
The best thing about using feeling states, in the form of Adjectives, is that I can then apply it individually to every subsection of my life:
I can get into as many life minutiae as I care to.
Then I write it all down, post it where necessary, mood board if I want, and refer back to it as often as I need to. It's also a great way to look back and assess what's changed over the last year.
So, come on and take the Adjective Challenge with me!