Happy New Year!
I am so excited for 2012! I have many hopes and dreams for the New Year. I have so many plans, goals and resolutions, too. I have mapped out the perfect course of action, the perfect plan to make all of my dreams come true this year!
Of course, along with my plans, goals and resolutions I have an expected result for each one of these. If I follow the plan, everything should work exactly as I expect it to, right? Isn’t that what we always think; that if we do everything according to the plan, the result should be as expected? It should feel climactic, worth it, and glorious all at the same time. But what happens when it doesn’t? What happens when we don’t feel that way? What happens if everything doesn’t work according to the plan? What happens if we never accomplish the plan at all?
The hardest part about plans, resolutions, and goals is that our focus becomes the expected end result and not the journey. The world conditions us to measure success based on an “end result” and inevitably that is also how we measure ourselves. We view ourselves as successful if the expected result has been met. However, the universe can throw a curve ball into the plan and push us in a completely different direction and when that happens how can we celebrate our life experiences if we are only waiting for the end result?
One of my biggest challenges this New Year is going to be to try and celebrate the journey and not wait for the expected end result. I am going to do this by breaking down my goals into smaller increments so I can celebrate my accomplishments more frequently. I am going to celebrate each step of the journey and not wait until I reach the finish line because there never really IS a finish line is there?
The path continues with twists and turns and off ramps and U-turns, not to mention the tollbooths along the way. The expected end result will change many times before completion. So don’t wait for it, because you don’t really know what it is. Just hop on the ride, enjoy the journey and celebrate each step along the way!