With 2019 right around the corner, it is customary to look forward. To set goals, create plans and, of course, make resolutions. It is also an opportunity to reflect and look back.
Recently a friend told me that during a recent yoga class, the instructor asked everyone to reflect on the question, “what do you need to leave behind?” In other words, what mindsets, behaviors or habits do you need to change if you want to be able meet those goals, follow through on those plans and keep those resolutions?
For some, it is easier said than done. The weights holding them down cannot be willed away.
Challenges like illness, mounting debt, and lack of opportunities can be debilitating and difficult to simply “leave behind.”
For others, limitations are of our own making. We form habits that are incompatible with the energy required to be our best selves. Our thoughts are subject to mindsets that make excuses, deflect responsibility, and limit our options.
So as we say hello to 2019, what will you say goodbye to in 2018?
For me, it’s sayonara to sacrificing sleep, excessive time online, and a mindset that too often relies on validations from others.
Imagining how much more I could accomplish with more energy, time and internal motivation creates a vision of a 2019 where more goals are met, plans kept and resolutions realized.
Some may say this seems simplistic and Pollyanna-ish but so too would thinking that I could accomplish much of anything vital without first leaving something unnecessary behind.