Set your Intentions for the New Year

Set your Intentions for the New Year

The Circle Goals Exercise

If you want to put some solid resolutions in place for the coming year, but don’t know where to start, this simple and thought-provoking exercise is just what you need. The Circle Goals exercise is designed to help you make positive changes to all areas of your life, in a balanced and healthy way. Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1

Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or maybe a green smoothie, since this is all about New Year’s resolutions)! Get comfortable in your favourite chair, pick up your pen and journal, and you’re ready to get started.

Step 2

Draw a circle, and divide it into 6 equal segments, like pie-chart slices. In each segment, name an area of your life that you want to focus on for the next year – or DOWNLOAD a sample here

For example: Fitness, Finance, Career, Relationships, Spirituality, and Creativity.

The segments should be equal because it’s important to give equal attention to each category.

Step 3

For each segment, write out 5 realistic, measurable goals you want to accomplish. Be as specific as you can, and make sure you’ll be able to see the results of these goals a year from now.

For example: In the Finance segment, you might include a goal like “Have all financial information online by March”.

In the Creativity segment, you could include a goal like “Sign up for a 6-week art class”.

Take your time setting up your circle; don’t try to rush it. You might even want to come back to it in a few days and revise it, as the process sets your thoughts in motion.

Step 4

When your circle is finished, choose a goal from each category that is most important to you. Write down these 6 goals on a separate page, and keep them somewhere you’ll be able to read them often.

Step 5

After 6 months, look at your circle again and review it (without making any edits). Acknowledge what you have achieved so far, and think about what you can still realistically accomplish in the next 6 months.

Step 6

At the end of the year, look at your circle again, and reflect on each goal you’ve accomplished. Congratulate yourself for your achievements – maybe drink a toast to your success!

Remember, it’s very unlikely that you’ll get everything in your circle done, so don’t be too hard on yourself about those missed goals. The aim is to help yourself accomplish more than you expected, by prioritising the things that are most important.

Step 7

Now you can start the process again and set up your circle for the following year, including the goals you might not have been able to reach yet.

It might take you a few years of trying and adjusting your expectations, but if you persevere, you’ll find ways of moving towards the goals you still want to reach.

Tip: Share your circle with your closest friends and family, so that that they know what you’re trying to achieve, and are able to offer support where possible.

The Circle Goals process will prompt you to think about the improvements you want to make in all aspects of your life; physically, mentally and emotionally. We wish you all the best with your goals and dreams in the year to come!



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