For whatever reason, I’m not into doing a big year-end review post right now. And probably because I’ve been intensely focused on writing my ebook, I even missed my blog’s 2nd birthday. Sorry, Sweetie-Blog.
I’m choosing to roll with it, and not trying to force myself to do the year-end stuff because if I do it out of a sense of should, it will make for a boring read, anyway. If in the next couple of weeks I change my mind, I’ll write it up then.
One thing that’s been on my mind, though, is this whole idea of getting ready for 2011 by creating a vision.
I don’t know when or why it happened, but “creating a vision” for anything makes me feel all angsty. Paralyzed, even. And I know I’m not alone in that.
Maybe it stresses me out because “vision” sounds too grandiose. Or permanent. Or like I’m committing to something before I have enough information. It also makes me think of those Corporate Vision Statements. Blech.
This year I’m giving myself permission to skip it. Well, sort of.
Because I do think it’s valuable to plan ahead in some form.
The key is to find a method that works for you. If the method of planning ahead you’ve chosen triggers a bunch of stress or makes you feel pressured, it kind of defeats the purpose, no?
I wasn’t sure what to call the kind of planning I’m doing, but when I thought about it, “Creating a Shmorian Intention” is pretty accurate. Plus, It completely avoids the V-word. (If, however, the I-word is triggery for you, get a thesaurus and go nuts. This is about doing things in ways that work for you.)
This process is great if you want to do some kind of planning for next year, but don’t want it to be overwhelming or overly structured.
The first step in creating a Shmorian Vision for 2011 is to scrap the “What’s my vision?” question and replace it with “How do I want 2011 to feel?” Or “How do I want to feel in 2011?” works, too.
We all know how we want to feel.
In fact, I’d bet good money that if you don’t know how you want to feel, it’s because you’re trying to figure out how to achieve the feelings at the same time you’re trying to choose the feelings. That never works.
Everyone’s different, but for me, I want 2011 to feel Abundant, Fun and Creative.
I’m sure I could add a few more, but those feel the most important.
Step 2 is to start exploring the feelings you chose, one at a time. There are no rules for how to explore them, but the idea is to look for clues that will help you turn the feelings into something that’s plan-ish.
Here’s how I’m using the list of how I want next year to feel…
What would give me a sense of abundance?
Although more income would certainly help, for me it’s not quite that simple. It has more to do with giving myself the things I want and need.
I tend to talk myself out of doing (or buying) the things I want. I’ve been craving chai tea lately. When I was at the store yesterday and saw some on the shelf, I picked up the box but then put it back and started walking away.
Once I realized I was doing that thing again, I went back and put it in the cart.
Was it overpriced for the amount of tea in the box? Probably. But after weeks of wanting chai, it was worth it to meet that desire.
That’s the kind of thing that helps me experience abundance, so there will be more of it. Noticing what I want and just doing it already.
How can I experience more fun in 2011?
This one definitely has similarities to Abundance.
Having more fun means investing in things that are fun for me. Allowing myself to spend money (and time) on those things.
Buying more yarn for fun knitting projects.
Creating some jewelry or other crafty stuff with my hands.
Flying to visit some friends.
Building time for those things into my schedule.
How will I experience more creativity in 2011?
Again it comes down to allowing myself to use time and money to do more creative things.
For my business that means dipping my toes into video. And sharing what I know about how to create products and classes to support your business.
Outside my business, crafts will help with this. Also, more zentangles and unstructured noodling time.
Step 3: Rinse, Repeat
From there, you can get as specific as you’d like.
For example, on the Creativity front, I’ll be digging into creating some course outlines for what I want to share in 2011. And as those courses begin to take shape, I’ll decide when to share them (sign up here to find out the what and the when).
What you want the year to feel like will serve as your guide as you add details to your “plan.” That’s what makes it Shmorian.
Another dose of permission
Permission to stop if it gets overwhelming. And permission to stop before you’ve got a concrete plan.
The point is to bring some mindfulness to what you want to create by starting with how you want to feel.
This is supposed to be more enjoyable (and a lot less intimidating) than Creating a Vision, remember?
How about you?
What do you want 2011 to feel like?
What are some of the ways you’ll make that happen?
So much love to all of you. I’m so grateful to get to hang out with you here on the blog and I wish you more of everything you want in 2011. Happy New Year, my lovelies.