Although I don’t always achieve as much as I set out to achieve, I am a goal-setting junkie. Every so often I think I should throw the goals out the window and just let it all be and flow, but I know myself a tad too well for that to work:
- I have major issues with boundaries – I have no idea where they start or end. It’s why I can eat mindlessly whatever is on my plate and, also why I set myself deadlines – without them, I’ll drift on and on.
- I’m a tad like Dory when it comes to focus. This meme literally is me.
- I have a tenuous connection with reality and can successfully convince myself – in the absence of evidence to the contrary – that anything I want to believe is true can be so. This is great for when I need to believe that anything is possible, but not so good when I’m confronted with an expanding waistline. I truly admire those people who can manage their weight through the fit of their clothes. Nope, unless I see it on the scales it isn’t happening.
Why I set goals
Without goals, I drift and achieve absolutely nothing. I need the discipline and structure that a goal brings in order to get anything done. As far as I’m concerned, the stretchier the goal the better – that way wherever I end up landing is way further than I would be if I’d aimed too low.
It’s like how I always leave the bottom ¼ of a cup of coffee or tea – no matter the size of the cup. I’m the same with goals. If I aim high I’ll tend to get most of the way there, whereas if I am low, I’ll tend to get most of the way there. Same same but a very different result.
Word of the year
Further, I need a focus point. Something that’s front and centre that reminds me every day why I’m doing what I’m doing. Over the last few years, I’ve had a word of the year to help me do that:
This year? I faffed about with SIMPLIFY and hubby suggested a phrase: What’s Important?
While both were great suggestions, it felt more like a way in which I’d approach my goals, but not necessarily words to guide me this year.
I thought long and hard about HEALTH. It really fit what I want to achieve this year:
- Healthy body
- Healthy mind
- Healthy relationships
- Healthy business
Then I decided that at the base of each of these four primary goals is one thing:
I’ll blog my wellness and creative goals separately, but at, sorry, the heart of each of my goals, will be this word. My priorities this year will be to do things and be with people that:
- improve the health of my heart
- lighten the load on my heart
- heal my heart
- contribute to the happiness of my heart
- make my heart sing
Do you do a word of the year? If so, what is it?