Hello! Is this thing ON?
I know it’s been far too long since my last blog update. Then again maybe it hasn’t and I needed the time. I can’t remember when I went so long though without writing. Where do I pick things up again? Over the past three weeks a lot has happened. Some of it perhaps life changing. There’s so much I’d like to share and then things I’ll keep personal too. I’ll catch up soon enough but for now I just need to get myself writing. Let’s begin with what I’m thinking about right now. This very moment.
It’s Halloween night. What are you up to? I’m sitting in a coffee shop in South Philly dressed up as myself. A yoga teacher and Ironman…shirt says Ironman…pants say yoga teacher. It’s one of my personal favorite combos. The only thing missing from my costume is my most recent medal. You know which one. But I don’t trust myself to leave home with that precious medal. So tomorrow is November 1 which means 60 days until the new year. I sit here thinking about my achievements of 2015 and how best to prepare for the year ahead. Traditionally, people tend to make lists of ideas or activities that they commit to on January 1 calling them “New Year’s Resolutions.” Many of those lists end up getting forgotten within a few months. Maybe even weeks. If you’ve read my blog the past few years around the new year you’ve seen that I don’t set new years resolutions. This is one of the reasons. More important, I ask why wait for a new year in order to set new resolutions, goals and dreams? This is something I appreciate doing continually throughout the days, months, and seasons of each current year. There is always room for improvement and new experiences. Goal setting throughout the year is a positive activity. Waiting until the new year may feel like forced efforts, forced promises, and maybe that’s why so many of us don’t tend to keep them.
This is why I suggest an alternative method to planning for the year ahead. Rather than creating a list of behaviors that you want to change or new things you’d like to accomplish in the new year, think about what you want the theme of your year to be. This concept already exists. For example, this past year mine was “Raise awareness” and “Make a difference” racing Ironman for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. But you can have several themes. You’re not limited to just one. In fact, consider at least one theme that’s professional and one theme completely personal for yourself. A theme is a purpose and tool to operate in a positive manner both in business and in life. Once you’ve set your themes for the year, create new goals and dreams all year long.
So now that I’ve shared this idea I’m going to close up my laptop and fill in the blanks on that piece of paper above. I’ve been itching to set new goals and put new ideas that excite me into action. Why wait? The time is now…. I’m working on my 2016 themes as well and hope to share soon. Happy 2016 a little early–I hope the positive changes and new experiences you desire will naturally manifest through your thoughts, words and actions. Wishing you health, happiness, love and all that you desire.