I don't really believe in resolutions because when you look back over the past year and realize you didn't get it done, you just feel like a failure. I think that every single day is an opportunity to take action, get things done, and give yourself a pat on the back at the end of the day for the things that you did accomplish. If you didn't get it done, you understand that maybe it's just not the time for that project to be done. Maybe tomorrow or next week you'll have a better idea.
When I'm asked if I made any resolutions for 2013, my answer is, "I just want to continue doing the things I enjoy doing, but take it to another level." Some of those things I do enjoy are writing and travel, and those experiences do continue to get better as the days pass.
I'm staying open to all the possibilities that can take this blog to the next level of online publishing. I also have the intention to visit places such as Machu Picchu and Egypt this year. Sure, I could create a plan to make this happen, but as I've learned over the years, things can happen without even a real, concrete plan in place - just the intention and faith that it will happen.
Last month I attended a workshop in which we learned about creating a strategic plan for 2013 and goal setting strategies, which did help clarify my vision for the future and gave me an idea of where I need to focus my energy, but as far as making a plan to live out that vision, I just can't do it. I don't worry about the how's, but instead work on the art of allowing.
Incremental Change is Good
I like Jess Lively's perspective on this idea of creating intentions - that all progress is a good thing and should be celebrated. I may even try out this tip jar of of good memories to remind myself of the amazing little things that happened throughout the year.
I've had a goal of writing an ebook for about five years now, and although it isn't finished yet, I've been making progress towards finishing it over the years. I used to beat myself over not accomplishing my goal of working on it everyday, but now I understand that there's no race to finish it. It will be done when it's supposed to be done. The timing will be perfect. I want it to be a quality book that people will actually implement and use. I don't want to finish it just so it will be finished.
If you can just keep in mind that quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Life is a journey, not a destination", you won't feel so anxious about not accomplishing those presumably lofty goals you've set for yourself.
The Only Constant in Life
The only constant in life is change. The person you are now is different from the person a year ago because of your experiences and the lessons you've learned. I feel that as long as you've grown from those experiences, that's all you really need to feel accomplished and successful.