Before I set my intentions for this new year–I thought it would be important to chose a guiding principle for the year.
Some people refer to it as ‘your word for the year’ that will serve as a umbrella for all you intend to accomplish.
A guiding principle is not the ‘what’ you want to accomplish this year but the ‘how’ you want to pursue your ‘what’.
Here are a few good questions to ask yourself to come up with your guiding principle:
- How can your attitude help you reach the goals you are thinking of achieving this year?
- How will you find happiness as you work towards your goals?
- How will you implement your daily intentions to move you forward step by step?
I thought about this long and hard to be able to keep the momentum from last year into this one.
I found that I had the most success reaching goals when I kept things simple and used common sense to guide me through the difficult or confusing times.
So I chose two guiding principles for 2019: simplicity and prudence.
Simplicity, of course, means doing things in the easiest way possible. That sometimes takes a little thinking and planning time.
Simplicity does not necessarily mean fast–remember that trying to do something quickly often results in having to do double work because we decided to cut corners.
And prudence means to do things with caution and care and forethought. So again good planning to avoid making things harder than it needs to be.
We live in a fast paced, run around, world. But it doesn’t always have to be this way.
Give yourself some time to develop your ‘How’, write it down where you can see it every day, and use your how as your guidepost for 2019.
There are endless opportunities and possibilities to help you reach your goals. Set yourself up for success!