It seems like yesterday that we were talking about New Year’s resolutions and goal setting. But here we are, in March (which means Spring is on the horizon!) Let’s take a moment to look back at the intentions we set in January and observe what progress has been made.
I’ve written before about intentions versus resolutions. I like intentions much better because they are about both the journey and the destination. I also like intentions better than resolutions because intentions are based in love, self-acceptance, and growth, whereas resolutions are usually based in shame, punishment, or scarcity.
By the way, there’s no magic to January 1st. You can set intentions any time! So whether you’re looking back at New Year’s intentions, or starting with new ones today, here are some prompts to help you with a self-check in:
- What are the goals you set for this year? Can you really visualize and articulate what you want? If not, start there. You’re much more likely to get what you want if you know what you want.
- Are the goals you set still the right goals for you? Do they still feel like a good path to be on? What adjustments to your goals are needed?
- What progress have you made towards those goals so far? Remember, no shame. If you have made progress, congratulations! Please take some time to celebrate.
- If you’re not making progress, greet yourself with compassion and patience. It’s really OK - this is about the journey. Then reflect on what’s holding you back.
- Is this really the right goal for you right now? Is it what you honestly want? Or is it what you think you “should” do?
- Are there tools, resources, or support that you need to move forward? How can you get them? Ask for help.
- Is there an element of fear as you think about your goals?
- What realistic actions can you commit to to make the first step of progress? What step can you take to make yourself happier and healthier TODAY?
- Celebrate every step of the way.
- Repeat often…”I love myself. I am proud of myself. I deserve every bit of joy and success. I am succeeding.”
These questions may lead to deeper conversations. Changing your life is hard work. Let’s make sure that you have all the resources you need to be your happiest, healthiest, most successful self. If those resources include a coach, give me a call. I would love to help you articulate your goals and figure out the best way to achieve them. You deserve nothing less.