I love the start of a new fresh year. It is like a blank piece of paper in a new journal, that you can fill with whatever you want. Entering 2022 I have a lot of mixed emotions. Since 2021 was a strange year with the Covid virus still continuing to affect our lives. I took my first two vaccine shots during summer, and after that I started to get back more into a “normal” life again. But in December there were again a peak, with new recommendations and restrictions from the authorities. Many of my friends, family and colleagues actually have or recently had Covid, even after the vaccinations, but with very mild symptoms luckily. This is making the expectations and vision for 2022 a bit more insecure of course, although I am still thinking that we are learning to live with this new situation and getting better and better at it. We can create a good life anyway!
My yearly routine is firstly to look back at 2021 and make a real closure, a reflection of the year that has passed, like I wrote about in my last blog post Mental Closure of 2021. Then, I am spending most of my time to look ahead. I love journaling, and I keep my yearly “reviews” and goals in one and the same note book, and next year I will have done this regularly for 10 years (!). It is really fun to go back and see how the goals has changed over the years, and also, that some things keep repeating every year. I have been refining the process over the years, with more questions asked and more specific yearly targets defined in the last years. And with this, also the results have also been more specific and, I am glad to say, better as well! 🙂
Examples of questions I ask myself:
- What do I want to fill this year with? Any changes vs the year before?
- What is my vision? What would my ideal 2022 be like? (Head, heart and soul)
- What do I need to do to make this the best year of my life so far?
By writing down what you envision, your goals and your dreams, you make them more real! And you can then also start by dividing them into smaller part time goals, per quarter, per month, per week or even per day. For example, a goal for 2022 is to eat more healthy/ vegetarian, a part time goal can be to eat at least one vegetarian meal per week.
Also, I like to set an intention of the year. When you have done the work with answering your questions, and defining your personal goals, you will see a pattern, that will help you define this. For instance, my intention for 2022 is to be courageous and follow my dreams and my heart. This intention, you can make into an affirmation for 2022. That is, you put “I AM” first, making it a sentence of your intention, affirming that you are already there! In my case, this affirmation sounds like: I am brave and follow my dreams. Also, you can pick a word of the year. For me, this word is BRAVE. Brave not only meaning doing more challenging things, which I also did a lot in 2021 I think, but being brave and choosing what NOT to do, to say no, and to really focus on a few things instead of multitasking and trying to do everything.
What is your intention for 2022?!