Mindfulness Goals-How to Set Them and Keep Them
Mindfulness Goals kick off our month-long focus on Enchanted Key #1-Mindfulness. We’ve come through the excitement and stress of the holidays. We do things for others, we push ourselves past our own limits, and for many, there is a skid into the new year already exhausted and depleted.
Then there is the pressure to have a fresh start, a clean slate, and our lives organized and hopeful. But without mindfulness goals, these things can become a slow burn into self-deprecation and disappointment. Sounds like Dragonspeak, doesn’t it? The antidote: Mindfulness goals, designed to help you achieve manageable tasks and invite you to focus on less, for success.
That blank page is often considered in a quiet moment at the end of the year when all things seem possible and doable. Then the light of January 2nd dawns and it can be overwhelming.
Choose Your Focus
Realize that without mindfulness, you might set goals in too many categories that a Superhero couldn’t achieve. There are goals for relationships, career goals, smaller-scale job goals, goals for keeping your house tidy, your laundry done on a schedule, meal preparation, sleep goals, recreational desires and financial aspirations. You can’t realistically change everything at once, successfully. You can build on your goals, however.
How To Set Your Mindfulness Goals
- Select 1-3 goals for the year. That’s it! If you achieve more, then Woo-Hoo, good for you, but three solid goals achieved is huge. If everything has been accomplished by March, then by all means set some mindfulness goals for the next quarter if you wish.
- Make one of those goals a quality you’d like to achieve. For example, you might say, “This is the year that I will practice patience.” Patience becomes your quality goal. You could choose compassion, kindness, or understanding. Whatever quality you chooses will only aid your other two goals.
- Be disciplined but also be gentle with yourself. This means that you aren’t so easy with yourself that you don’t hold yourself accountable to your intentions, but not so hard that you beat yourself up or quit because the going got tough. It’s like exercise. You want to stretch your boundaries and become more flexible, but you don’t want to overstretch too quickly or without warm up and injure yourself. Keep taking those steady steps in the direction of your dreams.