So take a deep breath,
Pick yourself up,
Dust yourself off,
And start it all over again.
~ Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields
It’s February 23…do you know where your New Year’s intentions are?
This question is not about creating a guilt trip for you. Really.
I’ve just been checking in on my own intentions, and wanted to present the opportunity for you to do the same.
My guess is that your intentions have gotten lost in the busyness of your life. What seemed so feasible with a glass of champagne in your hand, has now probably been delegated to a dark, dusty corner shelf. Or maybe even to the back of your closet.
OK, I’ll give you 1.5 minutes to beat up on yourself, but then we’re moving on.
Time’s up. Put your whip away, and let’s refocus.
Those glorious intentions you had came from somewhere. Perhaps a deep longing for some sort of change. Or a desire to improve something. Or a hope that this year would be better in some way.
Hopefully these intentions didn’t come from the realm of “should”, ‘cause that’s a sure sign they originated from someone else’s voice rattling around in your head.
So, here’s the good news: I’m giving you a do-over! And doovers don’t come with guilt or self-recrimination. Yup, no whip included. Doovers just mean you get to do it…over…again. No penalty box. No pointing finger. Just a simple, do it over.
And here’s a reminder – an intention means that we have something in mind that we want to have done or brought about.
So, here are some questions to consider:
- What do you want to feel more of this year?
- What changes do you want to make in your life?
- What advice do you want to give yourself for 2015?
- What are you looking forward to learning?
- What do you want to be able to celebrate at the end of the year?
Let your intentions come from these questions. And don’t just stop there. Make sure that your responses are not coming from the “shoulds”.
If they are, rewrite your answer based on what you want, not what someone else has told you that you want.
Now the big, important, don’t miss this step, question: what is the “why” behind your answer?
The “why” is the key to your motivation. The more explicit you can get with your “why”, the more likely you are to follow a particular course of action.
So, check in: is your “why” compelling enough? If it is, you’ll want to follow through because you’ve gotten to the root longing, the reason you’re seeking the change.
btw, some of my intentions also need a do over, so I’ll be joining you in the Call to Action!
Your Call to Action
Give yourself permission to start again. Then review or rewrite your New Year’s intentions and create a very clear “why” for each. Next, describe in detail what a difference there would be in your life if you followed through on each intention. Are you eager to get started? If not, go back and repeat the “why” and “difference” exercises until you are so fired up, you can’t wait to get started!