At the start of every year, we reflect back on the previous year and ask ourselves if we lived up to everything we set out to do.
We might ask ourselves...
Why is it important to us to set goals to reach new heights? Scott Barry Kaufman, author and researcher said it best...“Years of research on the psychology of well-being have demonstrated that often human beings are happiest when they are engaged in meaningful pursuits and virtuous activities." We do this because it actually makes us happier believe it or not!
So, based on how we answer the above questions usually determines where our focus will be the next year. What do you want to accomplish this year? I heard from many of you on social media what you plan to do and I celebrate you and everything you want to accomplish this year! I'm your biggest cheerleader!!
Having pursuits is awesome, but to be successful they must also be in accordance with your best self. Choosing pursuits that align with who you are and what you believe, result in greater outcomes and higher levels of satisfaction. It's true! Have you ever set a goal but it didn't really resonate deeply with you? If you're anything like me, chances are you didn't reach your goal and if you did, it was probably pretty painful getting there.
So instead of asking yourself questions like the ones above at the end of the year and the start of a new one, begin the year asking one of the most important questions for success of any pursuit, "WHY? Why is this pursuit important to me?"
Simon Sinek, best selling, motivational author and speaker says, “that it’s not enough to know WHAT you do and HOW you do it. At our essence, we are most motivated by knowing WHY we do things.”
So this year, when setting out to make this the best year ever, take some time and reflect on this year's pursuits and why they're important to you. Do they resonate with your best self and are they meaningful and virtuous? If your answer is "YES" and said with excitement, you're on the right track!
Happy New Pursuit Year!
If you have a word of the year to help keep your focus on your pursuits, comment below what it is and WHY it's important to YOU! We will be doing a drawing for a my intent bracelet with all those who share.
Nicole Cavey is the Chief Pursuit Officer of Love What's Next. Through her personal journey to uncover what was next for her, she discovered that you can love where you are no matter what stage in life you are in... as long as you know how. Her mission is to show YOU how!