January is the month when everyone sets resolutions and goals for the year. This usually takes the form of resolutions and goals, though many resolutions made in sincerity don’t come into full fruition because the resolver tries to do too much too fast—taking action right away and expending enormous amounts of energy on a new project, habit, or goal only to burn out by February. If you’ve found yourself in this boat only a few weeks into 2015, take a step back from acting on goals and work on planting their seeds well. 2015 is not a race; the year will end at the same time for you as everyone else. If you want to make it to 2016 having fulfilled some of your heart’s longings, you’ll have to take your time setting intentions that both your heart and your head can get behind. Ask yourself the following:
Why is this goal important to me?
Who will I please by accomplishing it?
Is this really something I want to prioritize all year—or for the rest of my life?
Is this really important to me?
You may find that clarity gives you a renewed sense of purpose and lasting strength, and there may not be as much that you really want or need to accomplish this year than you first thought. Take time this winter to plant your seeds, and tend to them carefully. If you do, you’ll reap a bountiful harvest in the long run.
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