Happy New Year’s Day! If you haven’t already, you might be thinking about writing your resolutions for 2017. For some, this is an inspiring process. For others, arduous and unappealing. I fall into the camp of inspired, but I know many others don’t. (For example, I came up with seven pages for 2016. I haven’t had the heart to go back and see how many I actually accomplished.) I enjoy the process itself. Reflection and planning. For me, it’s never been about making a list of the things I need to do but dread doing. It’s been about exploring the possibilities the new year presents. Opportunities for wellness. Travel. Relationships. Adventure. Growth. I like to pack up a notebook and pen, set up at a coffee shop or wine bar, and spend some solo time creating my list. It becomes a mash-up of the areas I want to grow in, and the exciting things I want to do (like cities I want to travel to.)
But for those who hate pulling out a notebook or a computer and coming up with a numbered list, here are some alternative options to consider.
The Goal Moodboard
Open up Pinterest, create a private (or public, if you’re ballsy) board, and start hunting for the things you want to do in 2017. A certain style of outfit you’ve been interested in trying out. Some healthy recipes you’ve wanted to try. Articles about how to be a more present partner/parent/friend. Career advice on how to get ahead. Start collecting all of the images and articles that represent the things you want to try and accomplish in 2017. The exercise provides a new way to explore your goals, and make commitments to yourself. If you want to take it even further, throughout the year you can update the captions on things you’ve pinned with the date you accomplished it, or notes about how things are going. For people who are very visual, this is the perfect way to start the year off on the right foot.
The Personal Video
A twist on writing a letter to your future self – record yourself talking to… yourself, about the things that you’re proud of accomplishing in the previous year, and what you want to get done in 2017. If you need to actually write down what you’re promising to yourself, this doesn’t serve as an absolute substitute to the list, but a fun substitute. Watch the video throughout the year, or wait until a special date in December 2017 to watch it again. Important to mention – though it is tempting to be critical of oneself in a recording situation – try not to be. Make this the year of loving yourself, as you are, and as you will be.
The Resolution Party
Have friends or loved ones who are also tired of the expected way of setting resolutions? Set aside a time to gather and do it together. As a person whose friends play a significant part in her life, this is how I’d do it with friends. However, this can easily be applied to a pair. Start with some kudos – everyone expressing admiration for what individuals have accomplished in 2016. This sets the tone for a celebratory and positive experience. Then, discuss what categories everyone would like to focus on setting goals around. Physical wellness. Self-love. Career progression. Relationships. Experiences. Etc, etc. Write the categories on slips of paper, and put in a hat. Take turns drawing out the category slips, and the picker of a category can share a goal (or two) related to the category. Or, pass, and draw again if the category doesn’t resonate. Once completed, make sure to put the slip back in the hat and give it a little mixup – so others can pull it as well. Keep going round and round until the group is satisfied with the number and nature of personal goals set.
Hope these ideas were helpful, and that you all are embarking upon a most wonderful 2017!