2021 has arrived. 2020 seemed to pass slowly, and yet I have a sense I’m not ready. But maybe I am. I (mistakenly) compare myself to people who have set their goals for the entire year already. I feel like I’m ‘falling behind’. Then I check myself and ask ‘Why is that?’
I don’t even favour new year resolutions. I prefer rituals.
I have some emerging goals. But I’m not yet ready to commit. Nor am I convinced I need to.
The question I want to answer is this: “What is the feeling, the state of being that I want this year?” That is all I need at this stage.
In 2017 my mantra was GRIT – gratitude, relentlessness, intention and trust. At that time, it was what I needed.
But what feeling is useful to me this year? That’ll be my mantra.
I want to feel less pressure. Less striving, more flow. All things in good time. No rush. Calm. The mantra is emerging.
I love acronyms. They serve as tools I can carry with me. What will CALM represent for me? That is, what do I need in place to feel it?
I need clarity – to know what’s important and to have a plan. I also need the craic, some fun and adventure. Right now it’s good to have perspective – not to take things too seriously.
Love and lightness. I sometimes tend to take on too much so I would like to make new projects light and energetic. To make actions atomic as possible with small steps that flow more easily.
Similarly, I also want to keep life simple and uncluttered. Minimalism – just what I need in terms of stuff I have and things I am doing. Starting less and finishing more.
So there it is. A word for 2021 – CALM:
Clarity and craic.
It’s in the Moleskin notebook – my second brain. I now feel ready to go.
12 Annual Reflections
The 12 Reflections are 12 simple questions to ask whenever you seek clarity or confidence.