Choose a Feeling

New Year’s Eve – a time to celebrate the past year and look ahead to a new year. There’s probably no better way to kick off the celebrations than by tobogganing down a hill with your friends at 6am! Thank you for sacrificing extra sleep on what will likely be a late night, to join us for a morning of play!

As you look ahead to 2019 I suspect many of you, like me, are thinking about making resolutions, setting goals, choosing one word…etc. By the first week of January I usually have created a checklist for myself of things to do in the upcoming year – achievements to meet, races to run, distances to cover, books to read, letters to write, etc. Basically I’ve created a to-do list for myself. Sure, they are goals but this list can feel a little empty when the purpose behind those goals gets lost.

We’ve talked before about being clear about your why – understanding why you want to accomplish the goals on your new years list. What is this purpose behind each of them, or them as a collective. Sometimes we can focus solely on the to do list and forget about why we wanted to achieve them in the first place. What’s your vision, what is it that you want to feel when you’ve hit your target?

I challenge to consider setting an intention about how you want to feel and how you want to make others to feel rather than creating a checklist for 2019. Once you are clear on what you want the year to feel like you can populate your checklist with things that will bring you that feeling. Once you’re clear about how you want to make others to feel you’ll find opportunities to carry out your vision.

When we are clear about our vision, our purpose, our why, we are less likely to be a slave to our checklist. Our checklist develops from the vision we set so when life throws us a curveball, like an injury, family illness, or new job, we can be flexible. We can find other ways to feel joy and health and, show others that they are valued and cared for.

So there’s mine…this upcoming year, I want to focus on doing things that bring joy and health into my life and that will make those around me feel valued and cared for. If I find myself debating whether I want to take on a new commitment, I will be asking myself: Will this add more joy and health to my life? and Will people in my life feel valued and cared for if I do this? Sometimes the answer will be clear, sometimes it won’t but that’s ok, the key is that I will come back to the why before adding something to my list.

On behalf of Andrew, Nadim, Rob and I, I wish you all a wonderful final day of 2018. We look forward to creating many memories with you in 2019!

#justshowup 6 AM

Wednesday, January 2 – Royal Glenora Stairs

Friday, January 4 – Walterdale Hill

Until next time…SMILE! J

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