Step Four: Make a list!
Live with clear intention.
Anyone who truly knows me knows that I am a strong advocate of list making. You might have even noticed this yourself through reading my blogs, but don’t underestimate the power of a well thought out list! Lists give us direction, remind us of promises we’ve made to ourselves and other people, and give us a chance to see a glimpse of what our lives could look like should we check off the things we wish to accomplish.
No matter where you are in life and what stage of achieving your goals or reaching your dream you are in, knowing what you want and what you need to do to get it is important… and list making is one way in which to do this. So how about starting off this year with a list of what you intend to create and the life you wish to foster in the year to come! Take into consideration the things you wrote in answering your self-audit questions and gratitude list, and let that help and guide you in making your Year of Bliss List.
Need a little inspiration? Here is my list for 2013:
Tips and Notes: be realistic when creating your List for the New Year. Be bold in the decisions you make for creating what’s on the list, but don’t set yourself up for failure. Work within your budget and don’t add unnecessary stresses to yourself if you know in the long run it will create more harm than good. Example: buying a car you have no way of affording, quitting your job without finding a new one first, buying a pet when you spend very little waking hours at home.
This isn’t to say, don’t put things that require effort on your list… effort is great, it helps you to grow and expands your horizons… be bold, though also be smart. Additionally, your list doesn’t have to be long… in fact it is probably better to create a well thought out short list, than an overly cluttered lengthy one. Don’t limit yourself, but don’t overwhelm yourself either. I suggested picking 5 to 10 goals for the year; though if you have a little more or a little less that’s fine too… and you can always add to the list throughout the year.