Ah, the turning of a page. Another year over, a new one just ready to begin. I don't know about you, but I relish in the start of a new year as an opportunity to take stock of the last and write out some hopes for what's ahead.
I'm a paper person (duh) so no surprise that I get real delight out of putting my thoughts down physically. I use my planner for day-to-day scheduling, but for thinking longer-term, I need something a little less confining.
When I created my Benchmark Cards earlier this year, I had no idea how enjoyable it'd be to sit down and record memories from the year, getting down in ink some of our biggest moments: wins, losses, laughs, and milestones.
As I was thinking about setting goals for 2018, I found myself thinking back to the prompts on the cards, ie: One Thing Learned, Prayers and Hopes, Trips Taken. How could I use these categories to cast some vision on the year to come?
It brings a refreshing perspective to think of the year as a whole, in terms of how I'll view at its close.
- How will I want to have spent my time?
- Who will I have wanted to share memories with?
- What things will I have wanted to learn?
I've heard several other small business entrepreneurs recently talking about shifting their focus from time and money spent, to thinking about the amount of impact their efforts have on others. I love this idea. What if we thought past our to-dos to this end? What if we see our days, weeks, and months as a collective opportunity to create lives we're proud of and that bless other people? What if we could think ahead to this time next year, and set our feet toward the memories we want to have made?
Thinking this way has already brought some real JOY into the goal-setting process for me. I hope it can do the same for you. If you want to use the Benchmark cards as a way to set some intention for 2018, you can get a set over in the shop. Happy New Year, friends.