Here are the 5 things I'm going to be working on:
1. Make a wish list.
Think about what you want in your home, your wardrobe, your life, your finances, your diet, your dreams, your job etc. and write down the things you honestly wish for yourself. Throughout the year you can review the list, cross off anything irrelevant, add new things but most importantly give yourself a big round of applause (and maybe do a little celebratory dance) whenever you tick an item on your list.
2. Remove obstacles.
Think about what stands between you and you the stuff on your wish list and work out ways to eliminate them. One of my worst obstacles is procrastination and I'm planning on tackling it head on by scheduling things on a proper calendar and making an action plan that suits my lifestyle.
3. Set some goals.
Goals are a dynamic things and change regularly. Everyone is different so your goals should suit your way of life. Personally I tend to set broad and unrefined goals and then never follow them. So this year I'm going to try a mix and match approach: Small daily goals to get those sticky annoying jobs done and larger but well defined and genuine goals for the future. I'm very much a go-with-the-flow kind of person but I'm now discovering that having control over my own future is actually a very wonderful thing!
4. Recharge your batteries.
All this list making, obstacle removing and goal setting is hard work so give yourself some downtime to relax and enjoy the ride. It's especially helpful for when you're feeling stuck or in rut. I find that sometimes even a long shower or a little walk is enough to get my creative juices flowing again.
5. Make a start.
Every journey begins with that first step. It's can be a hard step to make but once you're on your way you just have to keep going, one step at a time. It can be difficult at times, especially when you're climbing mountains, but once you get to the top the view is so worth the pain. Hiking metaphors aside, just remember that what you're really doing is following your dreams and that can be quite exhilarating and liberating.