writing prompts

Writing Prompts for 2013:

Are you focusing on the right things?

I have never been a big fan of goals and resolutions for the New Year. It always felt like I was setting myself up for failure instead of success. Or perhaps it was a history of setting goals that I never reached.

I realized a few things over the years and began to understand why New Year’s resolutions never worked for me. Resolutions were rarely accompanied by action plans that lasted longer than a few weeks. I set goals that I had no idea how to achieve and resolutions that felt more like shoulds than anything I really wanted to accomplish.

Let’s take weight loss and physical fitness, two classic New Year’s resolutions: the fitness industry has made billions off of people like me who wanted the newest promise for quick weight loss and muscle gain. The problem was, I  never really made either of these a priority in my life past January.

Don’t get me wrong, I needed to lose weight and be more fit but I was more focused on raising kids, building my business or living my life. As I was writing in my journal this morning (about wanting to get more fit this year, irony at it’s finest) I realized that I was focusing too much on what I didn’t want. I don’t want to be overweight and out of breath, I want to be fit, energetic, healthy.

So I made a list for 2013 of how I want to FEEL. This felt right, good, better. I can attach action to the feelings. I know what will make me feel better. I can choose how I feel every day. I can’t make my body change overnight. I need the long haul version of resolutions, so I focused on feelings.

If you are struggling with goals, resolutions, or intentions, try instead to focus on feelings.

Writing Prompts for 2013

Here are three writing prompts to motivate your personal journal for this week or even inspire a few blog posts of your own:

1. Make a list of 10 feelings you want to experience in 2013.

2. Pick one feeling on your list and write down 2 or 3 actions that will help you experience that feeling on a more consistent basis.

3. Write about one change you would like to make in 2013. Why do you want to make this change? What will the result of this change be?

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