When you look at the candles on your birthday cake – what do they represent to you?
Whether you are celebrating your birthday or the start of the New Year – making a time to sit, reflect, focus and plan the year ahead is a task that we should undertake at least once a year. Birthdays, as we grow older, come as a time of reflection. Who have I become? What have I achieved? What are my plans for the year ahead and most often, where did that year just go? Time has a way of passing us by if we are not mindful of how we are spending it.
So, what does the year ahead hold for you? Are you making time to take the small steps that lead toward the desired goal for the year in waiting? Not sure where to start? I suggest ask a four-year-old for some ideas. They have no limiting beliefs about what is achievable. They are imaginative, creative, fun and adventurous. You were four once too, so it’s time to tap into that inner childlike imagination and dream up some goals for yourself and get creative with your goals for your year. How are you showing up on your next birthday?
Often these goals can be simple, such as a focus on your health – mind, body, spirit. Maybe you want to make a plan to take a few hours a week to work toward your optimal health goal. What are the benefits of doing so? How will you fit this into your week? And importantly, how will you remain consistent each week as the months pass by.
The goal – whatever it is for your year – should be the driving force that pumps you up and gets you moving daily. Working on those measurable steps that will lead you down the right path and the small successes along the way will motivate you to keep going.
I am a visual person and would be lost without my vision boards, screensavers, passwords and fridge magnets that are my constant reminder of my goals. My family and friends know what I am up to – they are my cheerleaders on this journey and in the process, I am instilling in my sons the importance of making a plan and working toward a goal. At my home this year we have a big year-end goal of a white Christmas. Pictures of snow-covered Christmas trees are on the fridge and on the vision board. It’s the visual that keeps us all focused on saving for the trip and planning the adventure.
What will you do to improve your life? What will you read and learn? Who will you spend your time with – to help you grow as a person toward this goal? What achievements will you be celebrating when the next birthday cake appears? As we know, the saying goes – “if it’s to be, it’s up to ME”. So reflect, plan, make it a worthwhile goal that fires you up, that has meaning for you, write it down, share it with your loved ones to help stay accountable and perhaps create a visual reminder or vision board. That way, next birthday, as you blow out those candles, it will be a celebration. Having the cake… and eating it too!