Here we are (again) at the end of another year.
Pinch yourself. It’s not a dream. Another year has zipped by and we all know perfectly well why things have been rough the last few years.
Maybe you even had a hard time crossing goals and milestones off your list before the pandemic reached us all, but when it comes to 2022, you’re ready to do things differently.
But don’t shut down if you didn’t get your 2021 goals done.
The take: We need to abandon our connection to January 1st as the only day we can set goals and intentions. Ideas and energies don’t gather to one part of the year. They’re dispersed throughout the year!
That doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to be proactive with new year resolutions though. Just be aware when you answer these 7 questions to make 2022 your best year.
Question #1: What did I learn in 2021 that I can take into 2022?
We’ll give you a second to think about it: the things you learned in 2021 that you can apply in 2022.
Every day in 2020 and 2021 has been a learning experience - big or small - and when it comes to learning experiences, they are nothing if they aren’t applied. Maybe you won’t have the chance to apply them. Who knows? But when we allow ourselves to process something and evaluate how it can be done in the future, that’s an example of personal growth.
Don’t stifle your growth! Process the moments and take them with you.
(One more thing...skip the New Year, New Me talk. It's all about improvement! Not starting from scratch.)
Question #2: What am I doing to take care of myself throughout the year?
Ask yourself what your self care plan is. What does this have to do with making 2022 my best year? Honey, it’s everything. It has everything to do with making your 2022 the best.
In previous years, you waited until you were fatigued, exhausted, or worse: burned out. Self care is not a bandaid; it is a management system of self love.
When you are mindful about how you take care of yourself, you’re doing great things like…
- Learning new coping skills
- Alleviating and moderating (preventing potentially chronic) stress
- Making mental space for positive practices like gratitude and self love
In the grand scheme of things, self care is your driving tool for making sure you have the spoons or energy to keep moving forward.
Question #3: What intentions will be guiding the fresh batch of 365 days?
You can have one main intention for the year or several intentions as long as they are made clear to you.
This year, the Lovet Planners team set intentions on self love and self care after the mess of a few years the world has been pressurized under. We’re so grateful that we did! If we didn’t keep that focus or make a vision board for it, our year could have toppled over.
For you, setting your intentions means making a promise to yourself for whatever it may be.
Here are some examples of intentions that double as affirmations:
- I intend to lead with gratitude.
- I intend to be kinder to myself.
- I intend to make strides towards my goals.
Caution: If you know that your self-esteem dwindles when you don’t make visible progress to the people you shared your intentions and resolutions with online, there’s no shame in keeping your goals secret. Try the Vision Board Planner to visualize privately.
Question #4: Does my energy cater to and benefit from gratitude more than anything else?
When you allow gratitude and love to be the driving forces of your life, you see life bloom differently. The negatives get pushed out of your spotlight by the positives!
And when that happens, you aren’t distracted from living your life.
You’ll generate more serotonin and dopamine that will last longer because your happiness isn’t quick to get shot down by everyday stressors.
Question #5: What can I do for myself before the year is over to set myself up for a great 2022 launch?
Have you ever given yourself a full audit of the year? It might sound intimidating but don’t take things to heart! It’s about getting an inventory of what’s been done, what needs to be done, and what you can do to launch yourself into the right direction.
Some things you can consider:
- Make a list of every milestone, goal reached, everything accomplished in 2021
- Next to each item in that list, write something you did to make that happen
- Make a list of things you struggled with in 2021
- Next to each item in that list, write at least one idea that can help prevent/alleviate that struggle in 2022
Pro-tip: Your task list gets overwhelming when you let things pile on. Use the Manifesting Journal to get one thing a day done! It’s not just for manifesting the big-hitters.
Question #6: Am I comfortable? Am I too comfortable?
Growth doesn’t happen in your comfort zone. If you are comfortable right now…ask yourself if you’re too comfortable.
Sit and do some serious thinking on this: Are you so comfortable in your situation or circumstance (even content in the bad) that you’re holding yourself from making future strides?
Break out of your boundaries. You never know what you’ll find in the new year if you give yourself permission to wander.
Question #7: What tools and resources can help me be a better version of myself?
You’re in the right place. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Lovet Planners offers tips and tools to help you progress in your personal development or professional journeys.
- The Self Love Collection has everything to help you find the power and love within yourself to live a happy, fulfilling life.
- The Manifesting Collection has everything for visualizing and manifesting your goals.
- Join the Club! All customers are invited to join our private Facebook community at Lovet Club. It’s a good time there! Support and good vibes all-around.
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