Welcome to 2018!
This time of year, the focus tends to be on resolutions and goal setting. For some this can be an exciting time or an overwhelming time thinking about changes they would like to make or plans they would like to manifest.
Areas to Consider when Setting Goals:
I would like to encourage you to think about the "root thing"-- that one thing that can help you meet 3 goals at the same time or the "top things"-- the goals that you would like to meet that will impact other areas in your life in a positive way. I encourage this to help you pace yourself in goal setting, so that your desires will not overwhelm you to the point of giving up. An example of a "root thing" would be someone who is dissatisfied with how their weight has triggered 2 medical conditions. This person would need to identify the root issue(s) with their weight, address it and then they may see some improvement with or dissolution of their medical conditions.
Another area to consider is, what success means to you. For some people, success is having a certain amount of money in the bank, having good health, raising children who grow in to responsible adults, etc. So success is subjective. When thinking about your goals, do they fit with your expectation of success? Personally, success to me means being able to experience my purpose and living my life in a way that deepens the appreciation of my existence-- for me, purpose is not one set thing, it changes based on the chapter of life that I am experiencing. So, in one chapter it may be feeling content with who I am, in another chapter it may be helping others, and in another being able to provide financially. Either way, define success on your terms. Often success that is not self-defined is based on how someone else is living their life, or achieving their goals which leads to comparison, feelings of inadequacy and mental health concerns.
If you have a challenge remaining focused and motivated on your goals, it may be beneficial to examine and understand your motives or intentions for wanting some of your goals. Because what is considered successful may not be self-defined, it may be good to ask yourself if what you desire is based on ego needs or desiring validation from others. When your goals are spirit centered and desired from your true self, remaining focused and motivated comes naturally (but not necessarily without challenge). Identifying if your desire is spirit based will also allow you to experience and enjoy your unique definition of success.
Personally, I will be focused on continuing to modify and expand my "top things." Relationships are big for me and a part of my "top things." I am modifying this area to focus energy on the relationships that ignite flames when I strike-- 2017 showed me over and over that giving and receiving are balanced (notice I did not say equal), will blog about this later.
Hope this helps, do not overwhelm yourself with goals. There are 365 days in one year according to the Gregorian calendar, and each day you wake is a new opportunity. Wishing you a blissful 2018!