It’s that time of the year when the whole universe (or at least my online community) pull out their notebooks and start dreaming and wishing for the year ahead. Everywhere you look there is a new planner, a new blog post or a new guide to help you bring more [insert feeling of choice] to your year. But as much as I love setting goals, I find the hype a little overwhelming. We put too much pressure on ourselves at the start of the year and forget that we're in this for the long haul.
So in the name of balance and my own sanity, I have decided to do goal-setting a little differently this year. Less pressure. More intention. And a whole lot of creativity.
And because I know I’m not the only one who is feeling the pressure, I’ve decided to share the tools and practices that I’ve used to set life and business goals for 2017.
Getting clear on my core desired feelings
Oh baby, this one has changed my life! The Desire Map is a practice that guides you to choose core desired feelings instead of traditional goals. By doing this, you can clearly understand the feelings that you're chasing and set goals and make decisions that align with the feeling. I love this practice so much that I wrote an article about it in Get it Magazine. Click here to read more (you can find the article on the last page).
I love listening to The Desire Map audiobook on my daily commute as it allows me to explore my core desired feelings with a sense of curiosity and softness. It feels less invasive than writing my feelings down and I can get a true sense of the potency of a word and a feeling. I simply answer the questions with the first thing that comes into my head and write down only the words that feel powerful and meaningful. Through this process, I uncovered my two core desired feelings for the year ahead: supported and sustainable.
Diving deeper into my intentions with a mood board
Once I have my core desired feelings, I create myself a Pinterest board and start pinning any images that evoke that feeling for me. I love this process as it allows me to dive deeper into the meaning of the words that I’ve chosen and what those feelings might look like to me. Feelings are unique and some words might have different meanings to different people. With the words supported and sustainable, I came up with a Pinterest board that looks like this!
Embodying the feelings with an inspired playlist
This is a new one that I’ve only begun testing out and it involves creating your very own Spotify playlist with songs and music that allows you to embody the feelings that you want to create in your life. Every time I hear a song that makes me feel supported and sustainable, I add it to the playlist. By the end of the year, I hope to have a list of a hundred songs that make me feel the way I want to feel.
This is not an exhaustive list of goal-setting tools but it is a list of the practices that have worked for me. I would also highly recommend: having a goal-setting chat with your business besties, unravelling your year with Susannah Conway and exploring other practices and rituals that work for you.
So tell me: what tools and rituals are you working with this year? And what are the feelings and intentions you want to bring alive?