It’s goal setting season and right about now, I become majorly overwhelmed.  The thought of putting a list together of things that I want to accomplish just seems like more things to add to a workload that is already and happily full.   Last year, I did some research about the origins of the calendar year and found that the arbitrary date of January first has more to do with government and commerce that it does with energetic times of planning and setting goals.  Learning this didn’t help with the overwhelm, but it did open the space for me to consider a different possibility in terms of setting the foundation for a fulfilling year to come.

When I sat down to record some of my ideas, I was drawn to my leather-bound owl notebook.   As I opened the cover, I saw the date 1-1-18 and remembered that I had chosen this journal last year to write intentions for 2018.  I was excited to reread what I had written and also to see what had come to fruition, but I never expected to receive a blueprint for my 2019 goal setting in the process.  In this week’s post, I’m sharing the elements that helped me reach my 2018 goals without overwhelm and in a way that set the foundation for the new year to come.

 

seeing things differently

The first line of my first journal entry reads: “Today is a day where I practiced seeing things differently.”  That line landed with weight in my heart.  It was so clear to me that the act of taking perspective was one of the determining factors in my receiving fulfillment in my work over the past year.  Being able to uncover the critique-filled stories that I was telling myself about my work, worth and the possibilities that existed for me and replace them with a more informed version of the story that would serve me proved to be a godsend.

Earlier this year, I was contracted to teach my own work in a gorgeous venue.  A resume builder for sure, I thought the pure act of being in that environment would catapult my career forward.  It became abundantly clear within the first few minutes of my teaching at this venue that the attendees not only were unfamiliar with my work but also didn’t know or even care who I was as a teacher.  They wanted a product (choreography) that I wasn’t contracted or able at that point to deliver.  I was in the right environment for the wrong reasons.  I’d be lying if I said I didn’t try to give them a crash-course in all things “Jenna,” but the effort was futile.  Though I left after day one feeling like a failure, I also had a choice to make: Apologize for what you teach Or Show up as 100% Jenna and see what happens.  I chose the latter.  And although I did not win the entire group over, there were two individuals who gained a seed of empowerment that second day that they didn’t even know they had.  When I think about that experience, I think about them and I consider it a success.

Journal Questions:

What are some of the stories that I’m telling myself about the possibilities that exist for my work in 2019?

Do these stories align with the experiences I hope to engage in moving forward?

How might I edit them to be more in alignment with my intentions?

 

 

affirming your intentions

As I read further through the entry, I began to notice that I had, indeed, accomplished much of what I had set out to do in the last year.  I recognized that the achievements I worked for were all stated in the affirmative voice and had a clear connection to the experiences that I wanted to have as a result of my work.  The elements that had fallen short were mostly material in nature and were listed arbitrarily to the side of the affirmative intentions.  There was no specific connection to me and therefore, no connection to the goal.

 

Journal Questions:

How am I stating what I want to acheive? Hopes? Wishes? Or actualities?

How can I make arbitrary, random goals more specific?

How will I be reminded of my affirmative statements throughout the year?

 

 

personalizing your goals:

The last page of my entry was entitled “OTHER.”  I know that I wrote this because the intentions didn’t fit in with the categories I had already satisfied in the pages prior.  However, it is quite clear in rereading this that the word OTHER also stood for another person’s goals.  I had written out things that I thought someone else like me might be excited about achieving, but these weren’t my goals.  As a business owner, I am motivated through being able to pay my bills, have funds for the week’s necessities and a bit left over for fun and also some to put away for the future.  I’m not motivated by the most expensive material things.  For me, it’s more about the experience of buying a thing than the thing itself.  If there is fear surrounding a purchase, I won’t make it.  But if it feels like it was “meant to be,” I’m all in! So to read a list of material items that I didn’t even really care about was like reading someone else’s journal.  I wasn’t surprised that I didn’t achieve any of those things because they truly had nothing to do with me.

 

Journal Questions:

Are these actually my goals? Or someone elses? 

How detailed can I be about the things that I desire to receive?

What item on my list can be replaced with an experience?

 

 

If goal setting and planning for the new year seems overwhelming to you too, know that you’re not alone in this!  Use the journal prompts to help clarify where you are in order to determine what you want your experience to be in 2019.  Stay tuned for more offerings for your support and growth as teachers to come and know that I’m forever grateful for the community that we have built together!

 

Much Love,

Jenna

PS: For more guidance, watch a video I shot for IGTV video below:

 

If goal setting and planning for the new year seems overwhelming to you too, know that you’re not alone in this!  Use the journal prompts to help clarify where you are in order to determine what you want your experience to be in 2019.  Stay tuned for more offerings for your support and growth as teachers to come and know that I’m forever grateful for the community that we have built together!

 

Much Love,

Jenna

 

Comments (2)

Love this Jenna! The set-up/guidance you offer before each set of questions is very helpful to digest and then dig in!
And…
Thank you for all you have shared to inspire the Pilates community everywhere this year. Your heart based approach speaks to my soul weekly via your sharing in social media.
May 2019 be a fabulous year for you.
Sending ♥️ ,

Thank you for giving me some tools to start this new year with concrete ways for success. I woke much too early this morning (New years eve) with an overwhelmed brain, going over the massive to do list for 2019. I plan to crack open my shiny new journal with your assignment on January 1! I’ve decided that my mantra for this start of the new year is Pause – Ponder – Proceed. Thank you Jenna and happy New Year!

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