New Year. New years are interesting. There tends to be a lot of hype about New Year’s Eve. People ask what you are going to do New Year’s Eve – do something to celebrate the end of one year, and the coming of a new year. I suppose it is a way to put the past behind, and look forward to what is ahead. But that which is ahead may not always be exciting or exhilarating for people. Or leaving the past behind might feel sad and bittersweet. I suppose it is a way to unite humankind. People all over the world acknowledge this shift and many set resolutions for the new year.
The thing is, every day we leave yesterday behind, and look ahead to today and tomorrow. Setting intentions for a new year can be meaningful and impactful. But what if we set an intention each day, big or small?
Perhaps setting daily intentions is a bit too much – perhaps weekly or monthly or quarterly intentions could be helpful. If you so choose to start setting intentions, one way is to make them small and concrete. Often times we set lofty goals. Big goals are not a bad thing, but they can become overwhelming. Breaking down large goals into small and concrete steps makes goals more feasible. And then when we accomplish one of the small and concrete steps, we feel all the more motivated to set another small and detailed step.
For example, one of my intentions is to blog more, which feels big. Thoughts in my head include: how will I come up with topics, what will I write about, and the thoughts keep turning. But I will start with this post, and will brainstorm more ideas today and hopefully come up with 3 other topics for the rest of January.
So to all of you, Happy New Day!