New Years. I love this holiday, and not just because of the New Years Eve parties. I see New Years as a time of fresh beginnings. A time to both look back and celebrate the successes of the year but also to look ahead and dream about the future, and then start putting a plan in place to make that future real.
I’ve never been a fan of resolutions, because the word suggests that we are resolving, willing ourselves, to do something or to change.
Goals are different. A good goal can inspire us and pull us towards action. Goals can remind you of why you are working so hard and why you’re doing what you’re doing.
This year, I want to do something a bit different. You’ve probably heard lots of tips for goal setting, so I want to focus on a different part of this process, reflecting. I am often guilty of making big lists of goals without thinking about what I’ve already accomplished or what is truly important to me in the next year.
- What have I done/ learned that I am really proud of?
Think back on the year, what are able to do now, or what are you comfortable with compared to where you were last year.
- What were mistakes I made and what did I learn?
Focus not on the little mistakes, like “I always lean forward at the trot”, but focus more on the bigger learning opportunities. Maybe you changed trainers and then decided to go back, or perhaps you tried a new discipline but then decided it wasn’t for you.
- What am I willing to let go of?
Are there things you have been putting a lot of pressure on yourself to complete or to learn that you could just let go. If a goal stays on your to-do list year after year without any progress its worth reflecting on whether that goal is even something that’s important to you at all. Maybe it’s a “should” goal that doesn’t have personal meaning to you, or perhaps its something that just isn’t important right now.
Watch the video below and then share something that you are proud of from this past year in the comments below!
p.s. Tune in next week to learn a simple trick for creating change – this could be a new habit you want to create for yourself… like getting in shape or riding more regularly.