I’ve found that I do better when I have a set of goals. Not resolutions but goals.
I start with a desire. If the desire resonates with me and I decide I would like to make it a reality, I write it down. Once written down it becomes a goal. I compile my goals into a list. I post the list where I see it daily. I often cut pictures out of a magazine that resemble the goals and make a collage that is often called a vision board. I place my vision board where I see it daily as well.
While I have been amazed at how writing goals down helps me achieve, the power of visualization through the vision board is even more amazing. More than once I have looked back at my vision board after a period of time and discovered that I had not only achieved many of the goals represented there, but all of them without even realizing it.
I have found that the key for me is in the decision to. In deciding to, I must become willing to act. Often that act requires a change in my daily living. Say for instance if I decide I want to learn to swim and make that a goal but my gym doesn’t have a pool nor swim classes, I need to change my gym membership to one that has a pool and I must sign up for the classes. So part of my decision to must also be a willingness to change. A vision board helps subtly remind me of what I’m moving toward.
Today is the day I set my goals. Today the holidays are over. Today I start anew. Today I decide what changes I want. Today I act. Today I get to work.