Feeling Reflective

Hi there.

January has come to an end. That means that we are already one month into the New Year. And yet, for me, I feel like the New Year is just starting. A few weeks ago New Years resolutions dominated the story of the day. But my head wasn’t in it.

I’ve never been good with resolutions. They always seemed to be like signing up for something that might not be attainable. So many times I have put resolutions out there and felt like a failure because I didn’t achieve them. Maybe they weren’t realistic enough. Or I was aiming too high. Do you ever feel that way?

I have been thinking about goals and resolutions a lot in terms of my business and where it is going.

I came across a great post by Seth Godin that he wrote at the end of last year. He talks about remembering where you stood a year ago. He suggests that “New Year’s resolutions rarely work, because good intentions don’t often survive a collision with reality. But an inventory is a helpful tool, a way to keep track of what you’re building. Drip by drip.”.

So where does that leave me? Well, if I look back to a year ago I have moved forward by leaps and bounds. I’ve worked on kitchen renovations, apartment lobby renovations and teamed up to draft out plans for an elevator installation. I’ve designed custom furniture, decorated basements and turned a former restaurant into usable office space. That’s pretty cool if you ask me. Drip by drip … it’s moving forward. I’ve worked harder this past month than I ever have. Which leaves me excited and energized for the rest of the year.

So, am I setting goals for this year? I probably should. But I think, for the next few months at least, I’ll take the reflective approach. Instinctively I know I’m moving in the right direction.

What about you? Do you set goals and resolutions? Or, do you reflect back on where you’ve been?

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Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on February 1, 2013, in Blog Posts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Happy New Year, Sarah!
    What a wonderful post to start the New Year off! You write with such clarity and honesty!

    You are right on when you talk about feeling a sense of failure in not accomplishing well intentioned resolutions. Many of us can identify with that.

    I like your idea of measuring how far you have come in the past year.
    It seems to me that your business is growing by leaps and bounds, and that’s awesome!

    Looking back in deep gratitude and looking forward in hopeful anticipation, always with a sense that we have done the best in every situation that we could. That’s what matters.

    Accomplishing concrete things that bring us joy every day, whether a new bathroom, basement or kitchen reno is so positive. To actually do something that you have thought about and wished for years is wonderful.

    And on the personal side, there are always the same old issues to address – the weight loss, relationship repair and new skill acquisitions we yearn for.

    I, like so many, will embrace 2013 with a fearless heart, one day at a time, grateful for the return of good health and the unconditional love and support of family and friends.

    Happy New Year to you, Sarah, and to all the readers whose lives you touch.

  2. Very deep post Sarah and I like the drip by drip analogy. They say if you write down your goals you are more likely to achieve them. I have yet to set mine but am thinking that improving on processes used in my own business will be top of the list. As we get busier in this journey I’ve found it’s more important than ever to be organized!

  3. Hurray, Sass! You are amazing!!!!!!

  4. I used to have ‘theme years’ rather than resolutions. ie
    the year of multisport, the year of musicals etc. Then I became a parent and my aspirations have shifted slightly. Here’s our blog on New Year, New You on http://www.ifonlytheytoldme.com

  5. I’m not big on resolutions, but I have a list of things I would like to do in my lifetime. I agree that giving yourself a timeline can sometimes push you to get things done, but life often gets in the way. So I usually just review the life list at the beginning of each year and hope that I’ve crossed a couple of things off. I love that quote by Seth Godin.

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