I love New Year’s. I love the reflection, looking back on the year that’s passed. Reminiscing on the good times, the goals that were met and challenges overcome. But also absorbing the hurt, the mistakes or the obstacles that may have got the best of us.
New Year’s is always a clean slate. An opportunity to look back at how far you’ve come in a year and look forward to the possibility of the next 365 days. What do you want to accomplish? What could you have done better last year? Who do you want to be?
I’m usually very excited to set goals, especially at this time of year. The holidays are chaotic and I tend to go a little rogue where I don’t have the same workout routine, I snack much more than usual, I choose not to resist all of the sweet treats and I hardly track any of my spending. By the time New Year’s rolls around, I’m ready for structure and routine again.
But this year was a little different. On New Year’s Eve, I read a post by a well-known local Nutritionist, Jennifer Broxterman, that completely stuck with me. Her post was titled, “A Year Without Goals”. It caught my eye because I know how successful she is and how much she’s accomplished, so how does all of that happen with no goals?
Jennifer went on to talk about building a roadmap around five main areas in her life and the values that she wanted to take precedent in her life. She let go of the pressure that comes with achieving goals, which allowed her to let go of trying to control every outcome in her life. She committed to trusting the process and enjoying the journey of her daily positive choices guiding her direction.
If someone has ever been speaking directly to me about goals, this has got to be it. I put so much pressure on myself to accomplish goals, whether they are big or small. My list is always growing of things that I want to achieve, and it never seems like I’m making any headway because as soon as one goal or task gets crossed off the list, another one gets added. I can look back on the year and be proud of everything that I’ve accomplished, but I wouldn’t say that I always enjoy the process, which is essentially what we experience day-to-day.
I’ve shared with you before that I struggle with relinquishing control and my anxiety can make this quite a challenge. But everything that Jennifer was saying made complete sense to me. Focus on consistent positive action supported by a healthy routine and zero pressure. It’s the concept of the Compound Effect (which everyone knows I already love!) in a completely different light.
While I continued to process this thought-provoking post, Steph and I went for a walk. We got talking about New Year’s and I asked her if she had any resolutions for this year. She thought about it for a minute and said, “Not really, I think we do pretty well”.
I had to agree. But to be fair, Steph is the most task-oriented person I’ve ever met. Goals and tasks barely make it onto Steph’s list before she has them completed and crossed off. It’s something to admire – although from a procrastinator’s perspective, it’s sometimes annoying haha!
I read Jennifer’s post to Steph and she was in. Team 27 has always been proud of the daily actions we take to support our success, so this concept really isn’t that far off. So, we’ve shifted our thinking – or we should say, Jennifer has shifted our thinking. This year, our own roadmaps will guide us. The five main areas we’ve chosen to focus on are the same as Jennifer’s, and we’re sure they would be the same for a lot of people, but the roadmap will be entirely our own. These areas are:
1. Physical Health
2. Mental Health
4. Personal Development
These areas have steered our lives and our goals for countless years, but we welcome the opportunity to uproot what we’ve always done. To trust the process, to challenge ourselves and to commit to a year without goals, but not without direction.
Thank you Jennifer. (Check out her full post here – http://www.nutritionrx.ca/a-year-without-goals/)