Being in a band you can wear whatever you want – it’s like an excuse for Halloween every day.”
I love celebrating Halloween with my children. It brings me so much joy to see their excitement as they decide who they are going to become this year; as they get dressed up in their costumes, pretending to be someone else for just that evening.
Halloween gives us permission to hide in plain view and become whomever we want for the night. It is also the perfect time to start thinking about your goals for next year, to spend some introspective moments reflecting on your accomplishments in 2014 and to think about how you can go further in 2015.
Who do you want to become in 2015? The first step in leading the life you want is to assess the current situation and decide what is working and what can be improved. When you make the leap to where you want to be, instead of waiting for things to happen, you make them happen.
I encourage you to spend some time over the next two months doing a year-end review and assessing if how you spent your time and focus this year is how you want to allocate your time in 2015. Ask yourself:
- Was I present and focused during my days?
- Did I make the right choices of things to do with my time?
- What dreams did I have for this year and did I make progress on them?
Having goals helps give direction and focus to our days, your weeks, your year. To create an environment where you are working toward goals, you need to develop your vision, how you see yourself in the future, both in the short-term and the long-term. Think about who you want to become, in all the different aspects of your life: work, family, spiritual, fitness, romance, and so on. Then, create SMART goals around each area.
SMART goals have built-in characteristics that will make achieving them possible and rewarding. Each goal should be:
- Specific. Each goal should be so clear that you cannot mistake what you are stating you will accomplish. This way you will have a higher chance of accomplishing it.
- Measurable. You need to know when you have successfully accomplished your goal.
- Attainable. Make sure that the specific goal and outcomes are both achievable and realistic so that you believe you can do it.
- Relevant. The goal needs to be something that matters to you, something that is worthwhile accomplishing.
- Timely. Only when you have a deadline or date for completing the goal will you be able to create a time line for accomplishing it.
Having well though-out goals for the year and knowing that you are working towards them will help you be fully present and enjoy your days. Tonight, I am choosing to be fully present as I take my dark countess (a.k.a. Isabella), my soccer player (a.k.a. Eddie) and my little Oscar winner (a.k.a. Viviana) trick-or treating. I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!