In one of my last yoga classes of 2015 my teacher had us write out, on a piece of paper, how we want to feel in the (then) New Year. I’m paraphrasing what she said but in a nut shell, things like bucket lists, resolutions and goals often require a lot of planning and effort to achieve.
What we’re really doing is chasing how we want to feel when we’ve achieved said goals; we’re going after stuff we want to have or accomplish, and hope we’ll feel rewarded when we get it or there. Instead, we need to get clear on how we want to really feel, which can better help and inform us on how we plan out our day, year and lives.
These thoughts came from a book my teacher was reading by Danielle Laporte called Desire Map, and its concept made absolute sense to me. I’ve never been one to make New Year resolutions, because they easily fade or fall to the wayside after a few months due to multiple reasons – work gets in the way, finances become tight or interest wanes. Creating how we want to feel is easier, more achievable to obtain, long lasting and impactful.
Adopting this concept for 2016 is very refreshing to me and for the first time, in a long time, I feel a sense of optimism up ahead instead of just seeing how things go in the New Year.
For 2016, I want to feel happy, loved, joyful, accomplished and prosperous. And although these words sound vague, it gives me the freedom to explore, be open-minded and optimistic to whatever may come my way, especially when faced with life’s challenges.
So, how do you want to feel in 2016?