January!  There is something brand new and exciting about January, isn’t there!   It is the start of a brand-new year, a blank page for us to start over, a chance to create what we desire, and to let go of what is not working.

Personally, I feel there is so much pressure leading up to January for us to review the past year  and set resolutions for the new year that it sometimes takes the joy out of starting a new year.

Did you, like millions of others, set your resolutions for the New Year to make sure that they are in place before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s eve?   How is that going?  Are you on track or are there any resolutions you’ve already abandoned now that we are almost reaching the end of January?

Let me share with you how I am doing with mine…

I have never ever set resolutions for the New Year.  I don’t do resolutions or goals very well, but I really “rock” my intentions. Furthermore, I never set my intentions on New Year Eve. I always wait until the Chinese New Year instead.  More on that later.

On the other hand, I assure you that my “professional goals” as it relates to organizational objectives, are already in place.  I don’t even wait until January to set them.   They are in place long before the long hand of the clock strikes midnight and ushers in January!

I am not going to talk about the professional goals in this post! The intentions I refer to are purely my personal and professional growth intentions.  If yours are nicely in place and you are humming along nicely as we pass the halfway mark in January, congratulations!  But I would not want you to quit reading this post. Keep reading. You may find the perspective I am about to introduce refreshing.

But if you haven’t set your personal resolutions, or if you find yourself already creating reasons to give up on them, this post is especially for you!

First, I want to ask you… as women leaders, do you just set professional intentions? If so, I want you to re-consider and include your personal intentions.  After all, how fulfilled you are personally, will determine how fulfilled you will be professionally.

As I mentioned above, my professional intentions are in place and on track. However, I don’t have my personal intentions yet! I shared with you that I don’t set my personal intentions until the Chinese New Year!  There are two reasons for that!  First, I don’t like doing something just because everyone else is doing it that way. That’s the rebel in me! Second, I like to feel and taste and sit with the New Year before I set my personal intentions. I want to feel the energy of the new year deep in my heart so that I can decide what I want, who do I need to be to create what I want and how do I need to show up for the new year ahead.  So, by the time Chinese New Year rolls around, I am ready to set and commit to my intentions that will help me create the life I want to live the next 12 months.

This year, the Chinese New Year starts on January 28th!  I am taking this week, to get very clear on my intentions.  I will be writing them by hand ─ writing them by hand creates a deeper connection between us and our intentions ─  in my brand new journal that will be my companion for the next twelve months. I can’t wait.  When I leaned into 2017, I felt a deliciousness waiting to be experienced amidst the uncertainties we’ve been experiencing in the US for the last 4 months.

My intention with this post is to invite you to create your year with intention and live by design, too! I would like you to consider this − You are the creator of your life! Every moment of every day, you are making decisions as to how to live your life!  You can either make those decisions on the go and as they come, or make those decisions with the end in mind based on your intentions, what you want your life to look like at the end of the year!

Take a moment to imagine what you want your life to look like at the end of the year.   And then look at your list of intentions to see if any of them will take you where you want to go?  Are they a reflection of your true, deep longings, wants and needs? Or are they more of a reflection of  “shoulds, have to’s and must do’s”?  Remember, as women leaders, when we create a balance between our professional and personal needs, we are more in balance and we will lead more in balance which will lead to healthier organizations.

So, if there is anything you want to change or just want to simply push the “reset” button, you have this entire week to do it and celebrate on January 28th.  After all, we really don’t need it to be January 1st, to start anew, do we?

I would love to hear what you decide to do. Comment below!

Leading Fearlessly,

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