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Make a goal-setting ritual

Spring is here! I can tell because in the Pacific North Wet we’ve been getting our last burst of winter weather—at least twice in the last few weeks we’ve had snow flurries, a deluge of rain, and sunny blue skies—all in the same day.

March is a liminal time of year and one of my favorite months. To me, it represents the threshold of change. Out with the old. In with the new. I look forward to spring cleaning—not just the house but all areas of my life.

I like having touchstones—the new year, the first day of spring, the summer solstice. They remind me to stop and examine where I am and where I want to go. If we don’t set our own goals and dream our own visions, then we end up fulfilling somebody else’s: our boss, parents, spouse, teacher, and others.

Make a ritual of goal-setting. Write them down. Create a vision board. Look at them each day. Change is good. Change forces us to grow.

Write down five things you want to accomplish this season. Here are my five:

  1. Complete a juice fast and become 80% raw vegetarian.
  2. De-clutter house, re-organize spare room so it’s most efficient for business storage.
  3. Brainstorm and outline my next book by April 20th. Write first draft by August 1.
  4. Submit shorter works to contests and publications (3 to 7 each month).
  5. Plan a vacation. Take time off each week. Do what I love. Practice kindness.

I find if I can keep my list short, I can focus on my five a little each day. Once I have my list, I break down each item into daily and weekly smaller steps. At the end of each week, I look at my day timer or calendar to make sure I’m on track. Make your ritual fun! Light candles. Sip a glass of your favorite wine or juice. Make colorful charts or spreadsheets. Each time I enter a contest or send work out, I add a colored star to my big wall calendar. It’s amazing how good that makes me feel. Be creative!

I’d love to hear about your goals or goal-setting rituals in the comments below.

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