For many of us, Monday marked the first day back in the "real world" after a hiatus of holiday travels and celebrations. As we return to our regular rhythms of work and other obligations, how can we ensure our goals and resolutions don't fall victim to routine?
In the goal setting workshop I attended last week, the facilitator offered a series of powerful journaling exercises and reflection questions. One stood out as particularly valuable, and I would like to share it with you.
The 3-2-1 Reflection helps translate intentions into action by identifying:
3 intentions you want to set
2 obstacles that may stand in the way
1 thing you will do this week to overcome those hurdles
You can obviously apply this principle to as many or few intentions you have identified for the new year. If, however, you haven't had the opportunity to set any goals or resolutions for 2014, three is a manageable place to start.
What I love about this exercise is how it guides you from an idea to its execution. The key is to think not only about the intention but also the circumstances or conditions that may prevent you from making it a reality, then plot a strategy to overcome them. The time-specific deadline is also critical. By committing to doing something - however small - within a set period of time, you can ensure your goals do not slip quietly into the graveyard of good intentions.
What goals and intentions have you set for the year ahead? What is preventing you from achieving them? What will you do this week to move past those obstacles and toward a better life?