How do you feel at the start of a new year? I love it, because I enjoy defining my intentions and setting my goals for the coming days. Everything seems fresh and new, and the possibilities are endless.
I make a point to avoid New Year’s resolutions, though. I believe resolutions are what people think they should change about themselves, such as dieting or exercising more. Yet, they’ll probably only stick with it for a month or so, because they’re doing it for the wrong reasons.
We often set drastic expectations of ourselves, yet have no way of sticking to them. We’re setting ourselves up for failure.
For me, intentions or goals replace resolutions because they help me set up a plan for the rest of the year.
For example, despite everything that happened last year, I still managed to complete most of my goals. Some weren’t easy, and I had to find a workaround. But I got there in the end.
This year, I have two sets of intentions to declare. The first includes the overall intentions I have for my life and our business in the coming year. The second includes goals I want to achieve in my 30s. And yes, I realize how obsessive this all may sound, but I like to have a plan because it minimizes my anxiety.
Late last month, my 20s came to an end, and I moved into a new phase of life that will continue in 2021.
The last decade of my life didn’t unfold quite as I had planned. I was diagnosed with MS eight years ago, at age 22, a diagnosis that seemed to appear out of the blue. Because of that, more unexpected things happened.
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