January is the time when many people make resolutions about everything in their life from romance and dating to eating and exercising. Instead of getting on the resolution bandwagon, I like dreaming and planning. Dreaming is about creating an overarching vision of what you want. Planning is about setting goals to help you create that dream. By putting these practices together you will be more motivated to reach your outcome because you gave some thought to what you really want and you will be more successful getting there because you have clear steps.
The dreaming and planning process is similar to making resolutions, but here is why it is different. Resolutions make you feel crummy when you don’t reach your goal exactly as stated. Yes, dreaming and planning is also about having goals but it has greater flexibility. Dreaming takes you to a bigger picture of what you want in your life. Planning allows for and even anticipates things not going as smoothly as you hoped. Resolutions can be confining and typically aren’t so forgiving. Resolutions are something that you can break. Plans easily get revised!
So if—like me—resolutions are just too rigid and may actually be holding you back, try dreaming and planning instead. Today’s blog is a continuation of last Wedding Wednesday’s blog Review and Reflect—Wrapping up 2014. So if you haven’t already looked at that and worked on your review of last year, I encourage you to start there.
When you have completed your year-end review, you are ready to start dreaming and planning for the next. Have all your notes from your 2014 reflection nearby and grab a pad and pen and begin. Set aside at least two hours for this activity and get yourself comfortable. Click here to download your free guide to take charge of your life in 2015.
I’d love to hear about how you plan for your new year so share with us!