Have you ever tried to go somewhere new without a map or getting directions? It is possible but isn’t it better to have notes which can help you get to where you need to be especially if a time limit is involved?
I get lost easily and so I have to write the simplest of directions down. In Barbados, someone will tell you to: “go down the road and then go up by the pink house until you see a brown wall, then go down from there until you see a yellow bungalow in the distance; that is the house.” We love directional words like ‘down’ and ‘up’ and ‘over there so’ which are ambiguous to say the least, because your ‘up’ can be my ‘down’.
I much prefer to write: “after passing the white church by the roundabout, make the first left, then the second right after the cross roads; from there it’s the third left, and it’s the fourth house on the right next to the open lot.”
Setting goals for a new year is like writing the directions down for your life map. They show you where you want to go and how you plan to get there in black and white. You can monitor your progress and recalibrate if necessary when a deadline is missed for whatever reason.
I have learnt that the only thing that beats a good road map is a great life map. But don’t take my word for it. See what Melody Beattie, says in The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series – she says it much better than I do – and if you haven’t done so already take out your pen and start plotting a goal or two.
2014 is YOUR year; write the words of your story … and make it so!
“Make New Year’s goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you’re interested in fully living life in the year to come.
Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.
What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?
What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?
What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?
Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down – as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.
The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”
― Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go: Hazelden Meditation Series