2017 is nothing more than a number and each day can be a new beginning. However, for the past two years I’ve found it useful to set a theme or a consistent intention for the duration of the calendar year. It helps me influence my thoughts, decisions and actions.
2015 was growth.
2016 was connection.
While this has certainly benefitted me, I feel that my primary concern has been with my external environment. Where I am and who I’m with. Choosing friends, jobs, letting go of some relationships, doing a lot of filtering, being drawn in to “vibe” and preferring certain postcodes, events, jobs, communities over others just to achieve this. Upon reflection, the past approach still has an element of blame and an external locus of control. So I’ve decided that I’m putting in extra effort to take full and intentional responsibility on the only area that I have control over - me.
2017 is haven.
It’s a strong focus on my internal journey. The truth is, regardless of the environment I am in or who I’m with (even though they are very strong factors to my experience), at the end of the day, I only live with myself. I live in my own mind and body every single day. So why not focus on creating an internal haven for myself? If I start with my own thoughts and actions, I’m confident that this will have a stronger influence on my relationships and the results I want to achieve this year.
And I’m going for BIG results. I’ve always been uncomfortable, facing uncertainty, going through many changes as a kid, and even deliberately ploughing through change just to get the results and experiences I want. But this year, I’m really going to ramp up the discomfort because it is necessary for bigger results.
That’s why it’s important for me to create that haven. And to be able to create it anywhere. When things get tough (and they always do), I need a retreat that is internally nourishing so that I can keep going. So that I can be happy and create more. It also means doing things I love. Because what is the point of hustling hard, when you end up losing out on all that good stuff? Like being with friends, family, laughing, eating delicious food, dancing, going to cool events, enjoying the moment… and sleeping! When I look back, I want fond memories of the things I did, and while sacrifices are important, I no longer want to sacrifice things that are good for me.
And whoever I’m with, I hope that I can create that haven for you. Connection will always be a priority in my life, so if starts with me, then I hope to share it with you.
So, here’s to an EXTREMELY uncomfortable and amazing 2017! I hope you treat each day as a new beginning. Let’s kick goals, people.
P.S. What is your theme for the year?