It seems unimaginable that 2011 is winding down. I know this year flew by because of our wedding and then buying our first home, but it feels like I wrote my Looking Towards 2011 post just yesterday. As I mentioned in that post, I don’t really believe in resolutions. I believe in overall success more than small blips of it. In a lot of ways 2011 was simply steady, nothing changing and nothing needing to. Staying steady can sometimes be the best thing especially when there are lots of changes happening to you (a wedding, a house, etc.) I consider 2011 to overall be successful even in the face of so much newness.
However 2012 is going to, and needs to be, the Year of Balance for me. Despite staying steady, I haven’t exactly stayed in balance. Priorities have waned, work took over for a while, motivation has been pretty low. Caitlin over at Healthy Tipping Point recently posted about a situation that is all too familiar:
“We sat and talked about how hard it is to pursue big dreams when you aren’t even totally sure what those dreams look like and still have to juggle the everyday junk. She commented that so many people leave inspiring conferences…thinking, ‘Okay! I am going to CHANGE MY LIFE NOW!’ but then they get home and there are dirty dishes in the sink, and just like that, you fall back into your old patterns and never make any changes.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to flip the switch; to desire something, to make the time for it, and to make it happen. I have such good intentions 95% of the time, if I could just translate that into something actionable…
I do my best when I have a visual. When I can look at something and be reminded of it as constantly as I need to until it sinks it. So I drew up a little inspiration word cloud of sorts for myself. The point is to remember my goal (balance) and all the things I can do to help me achieve it. I plan to put this up pretty much everywhere (my office, car, bedside, etc).
What are your goals for 2012? What will help you get there? How do you remind yourself all year long of your goals?