A new year: commitment, intention and a little bit of preparation

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As we head into the new year, I’ve been finding myself approaching things very differently than I did in previous years. A lot of it has to do with my resolve to institute real change in my life. 2014 has been an interesting year for me. I lost myself several times during the year – especially over the summer months – and the process of having to find myself, over and over, as I recovered from a default mechanism of always reacting to things, was really exhausting.

Back in November, I came to the conclusion that things really had to change. And the only way things could change would be through me. I simply cannot keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results.

As a result, I decided to commit myself to 365 days of blogging back on December 1. It was a little like putting my big toe in the water, testing the temperature – only in this case, I was testing myself. Making that commitment, setting that intention, was huge for me. I’ve never been disciplined about things. Commitment to intentions requires discipline. It requires courage. It requires faith. While 2014 came with a lot of stuff I would rather not have gone through, somehow the end result has been this: I’ve found the discipline within me, I’ve found the courage, and yes, I’ve found the faith.

I’ve also come to the realization that a little bit of preparation goes a long way in terms of supporting commitment and intention. My decision to blog daily was a monumental one, given my previous blogging habits. But I really prepared, and while I haven’t yet reached the one month marker, I can say that daily blogging has been easy, not hard, not the challenge I’d anticipated. And I owe a lot of that to the preparation I did before hand.

I started posting my 2015 goals a few weeks ago, and I have several more to post. For much of my time off over the holidays, I’ve been thinking about these goals, about what I want the new year to bring. I have been having fun preparing myself to stay committed to my intentions, to be disciplined, to be courageous, to have the faith.

This coming year, I am choosing change. I will be doing things differently and yes, I expect different results. My dreams have been calling to me for years, and it’s time I started paying attention to them.

What about you? Are you finding yourself thinking about goals, about intentions, as the new year draws closer?

7 thoughts on “A new year: commitment, intention and a little bit of preparation

  1. rhapsodyinbooks

    Oh dear, I wish you hadn’t posted that very astute quote by Einstein! Feels like it was directed toward me! LOL I would love to strive for discipline, but I’m afraid I would just be doing what the quote said, LOL

  2. Suey

    I’m not sure yet what I want to do differently. I am feeling very committed to the “dream” thing too. I feel like we are getting to the point of.. it’s now or never. Which is really pretty scary if you think about it too hard.

  3. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    How does the saying go? We have to be the change we want? Something like that.
    When you plan, daily blogging isn’t that hard. I’ve done it five times for the April A to Z Challenge and am already planning the next one.
    You’re now three days away from blogging daily in a month!

  4. Ti

    This is what I am thinking about today. Change. I realized over this break, how exhausted I am. I can’t continue this way. Something has to change. Last year, I chose ‘simplicity’ as my word for the year and I did simplify in the areas that I could, but I need to take it to the next step.

    We are heading into production week for Annie and I am already tired just thinking about it!

  5. Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)

    I’ve been thinking about 2015 a lot the last few weeks, especially trying to decide on my One Little Word (a workshop done by Ali Edwards). I really liked the practice of having a word to focus my energy on in 2014, and so I think it will be a good practice in the new year too.

  6. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories

    Yes! I have definitely got all these goals for my blog and personal life in my head but really need to get them down! I am almost ready to post my blog planner and then it will be time to get to executing my plans! Hope your daily bloggt is going well. I did NaBloPoMo in Nov and it was A good exercise!


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