What to do with Your Old Resolutions?

chinese new year 14Being intentional is the driving force behind the power of Feng Shui.  It is also crucial when making resolutions. The process of figuring out how you want your year to unfold forces you to think about your goals. Writing them down anchors a field of reality around those dreams so that you don’t lose them. Finding the right words and thinking about the linguistic context puts the goal into a new part of your brain—-plus if you can read them from time to time, you won’t forget what your intentions were.

So here’s a step-by-step routine for you to assess the resolutions you committed to at the beginning of 2013. . .

  1. Re-read the resolutions you wrote last January. If you didn’t write them down, re-create them in your head as best you can and write them down.
  2. Put a star by those that you accomplished already. This might be followed by a verbal “Yes!!” or a piece of chocolate or some other meaningful reward.
  3. Look at the remaining intentions and see if they’re meaningful to you anymore. If not, remove them from your list. Sometimes we outgrow or lose interest in what at one point seemed very important in our lives. Cross those off. 
  4. If you have some resolutions remaining that you still want to accomplish, write down three reasons why you think they haven’t occurred yet. It may be a timing issue, a money issue, or other things got in the way.  (We had a small bathroom remodel that was on our list for 2013.  We never got to it and we know why—-too much traveling, unsure about the design of it, other priorities, etc.)
  5. Assuming you still want to keep the goal on your list, figure out the steps you need to take to accomplish it. Write those steps down, keep them handy so you can remind yourself on a regular basis.

Of course, some of those resolutions may reappear on your list for the next year, but maybe not. Sometimes it helps to have a deadline.