As I wrote in a previous post, every new year, I name the upcoming one based on what I hope to figure out, do, or achieve in those 365 days. To be honest, I’d struggled trying to find a fitting name for 2017 as I had plenty of plans and goals but no simple way to sum up what I wanted. That was until I stumbled upon this quote by, oddly enough, Brad Paisley.
“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
It struck me as I read it … 2017 is going to be my Year of Intent.
intent [in-tent] 1. something that is intended; purpose; design; intention. 2. the act or fact of intending, as to do something.
My past has been riddled with poorly managed time, effort, thoughts, etc. I’ve looked back at those who’ve experienced the same amount of hours as me, doing similar things, who’ve accomplished so much more. Never once have I begrudged their success. In fact, I celebrate their various achievement more than they even know. But in some ways, I compare my accomplishments to theirs. Not in an unhealthy or competitive way, but the way that says: Look at the things they’ve done. Look how far they’ve come and grown, because they’ve managed their efforts wisely.
So this will be my year of deliberate intent. I’ll deliberately plot my time, setting and keeping my schedules as purposefully as I manage my finances. I won’t feel selfish for investing in me, my family, my home, or my career. There’s enough time for all of it if I focus my attention.
I’m going to intentionally enjoy life! I’m going to take every moment to be grateful, to revel in each and every day given to me, because we aren’t promised tomorrow. Living in the now has been something I’ve always struggled with. When I reach a goal, I don’t take time to celebrate it; I ask, “Now how do I get to that next level?” But we have to take time to appreciate where we are and how much we’ve gained or overcome. So each day will be lived with purpose and gratitude.
When I’m writing, I won’t get down on myself for not doing more in any given day; I will celebrate what I did get done with no pressure for tomorrow. When I’m spending time with my family, I won’t think about the housework that hasn’t been done or what I need to do next for my job. I’ll intentionally give my attention to my husband and children when it’s their time just as I will when I write or am focusing on self-development. Each thing benefits the other.
My mind has been my greatest gift and my onerous weakness, because I haven’t always given my thoughts purpose. My mind runs away with itself — sometimes to create magnificent worlds and new creatures or to think of fun ways I can bless those I love … but sometimes to steal my joy by getting caught up in too many possibilities or to listen to those niggling voices that tell my nothing is ever enough.
But, 2017, you’re about to be a different year. One full of INTENT.
Be present, guys. Live intentionally. Happy New Year and here’s to a purposeful 2017.