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As a planning enthusiast, it’s not all that uncommon for me to begin thinking about my goals for the coming year in early December. That’s about the time I begin assessing my accomplishments for the current year (to make adjustments to compete any lingering goals), and looking forward to what’s next on the horizon.
Early planning certainly has its advantages. For one, there’s a much better selection of planning supplies in early December. Stores begin putting out their planners and calendars during the start of the holiday season, so by the time January rolls around they’re pretty picked over. Early birds have a definite advantage. Early planning also allows me to enjoy the holiday season without burying myself in goal-setting activities. And similarly, planning ahead means I can get a head start on my goals at the first of the year.
Last year, I chose “connection” as my mantra, and, looking back, it really did help me to focus my energy on making that a reality. In many cases, I pushed beyond my comfort zone as an introvert, attending networking meetings (even when I didn’t really want to), connecting one-on-one with people who shared common interests, and sharing personal aspects of my life on my blog. There were many times that I had to remind myself that “connection” was important to me, and that had a dramatic impact on how I spend my time.
What did all of that bring me? More connection.
I have formed more connections this year than any other that I can recall in my adult life. I feel incredibly supported, encouraged, and inspired, and I’m ready to dust off some of the ideas and goals that I’ve shelved over the years.
As I think about 2017, and what I hope to create over the next 12 months, I keep going back to my reiki experience, where the words wonderful, beautiful, open and warm spontaneously appeared in my mind. They clearly have some kind of significance for me, and I’m feeling drawn to exploring them a bit more this year.
Beauty and Openness shall be my theme words for 2017, and I can’t wait to see how those words manifest over time.
What do you want to experience in 2017? What are your theme words?