Join the Party and Get Happy!

Happy 2014! We are SO excited to bust a move with you this year! I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “New Year, New You” a gazillion times by now. I truly dislike this phrase. One, because I feel like it implies that I totally failed last year and I need to start over from scratch. And two, it’s become such a marketing tool in our commercial world–a catch phrase, if you will, for the media to pin a story of getting fit, making more money, being more productive, etc., etc.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of a fresh start, new goals, and a clean slate, but I think we often get caught up in the immediacy of our sexy, new goals rather than taking the time to create a real VISION and PLAN for the entire year. I’m completely guilty of this myself. I jump head first into life, often without a solid plan.  Well, not this year.  I’m trying something different.  I’m actually taking the time to create the vision and the plan before I go about setting lofty goals. It’s a bit exhausting, but I KNOW it will be worth it.  Will you join me?

They say a vision will pull you forward. George Washington Carver says, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” The Dalai Lama  says, “In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”  So I ask you, what do you really want your life to look like a year from now? How do you want to feel? And most importantly, why? It’s nice to set goals, but often we don’t seepast the goal and we set them in a hasty, non-committal manner, without establishing the bigger picture.  That’s where vision comes in. Having a clear vision of what we want, and more importantly, WHY we want it, helps pull us through the difficult hurdles that are sure to pop up in our path.  For some people, defining a vision might be easy, but for others (like me!) the task can be can be daunting. What DO I really want??!!  What does that REALLY look like??!! Ahh, too many life questions!  BUT, while taking the time to sit with my thoughts, I’ve found that honing in my values and what I believe to be my purpose, helps me define my vision. What do I feel I was put on this earth to do and how will my vision drive me toward this purpose? What type of people, activities and lifestyle will lead me toward this vision? How can I foster relationships that will fulfill my vision in the upcoming year?  What about you? What does your vision look like?

Next step: the PLAN.  What’s your roadmap to the vision for 2014? It’s nice to say I want to change the world, lose weight, grow my business, save money, do more community service, buy a house, find a significant other, but if there is not a solid PLAN, in a month or so, life will surely get in the way. And I don’t mean a general plan, I mean a specific plan that includes small, daily and weekly habits that are key in achieving your goals, and more importantly your vision.  I read a great article recently about systems. The author says rather than setting goals, we should focus on the systems behind the goals.  For example, if you are a coach and the goal is for your team to win a championship, the system is the daily training and practice regimes.  If you’re a writer and your goal is to write a book, your system is a daily writing schedule.  Focusing primarily on the system, rather than the goal, sets us up for success.

 So this year I encourage you to join me and get specific about your system or plan.  What can we do daily, weekly, and monthly to propel us toward our vision for 2014?  I’m still working on mine, but I really feel that taking the time now will help me in the future.  What’s your plan look like?

We are ALWAYS here for you at DMF and hope we can bring some sweaty, dance-party joy into your life and vision for 2014! This year is going to be awesome and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Lots of Love,

Lindi and The DMF Team