My friends and I had a Passion Planning party the other night, bright-eyed and bushy tailed as we mused about the possibilities of the New Year. Inspired, we shuffled through the pages of our freshly opened 2020 Passion Planners, excited about the prospect of stickers, washi tape, and color coding. As we turned to the Passion Roadmap, the glow of promise on my friends’ faces fizzled to gray.
With an exasperated sigh, my friend lamented, “The Passion RoadMap stresses me out.”
Stunned by the sudden shift in atmosphere, I was forced to ask myself, “What is it about the Passion RoadMap that paralyzes us?”
The Passion Roadmap is one of the signature features of the Passion Planner, crafted with the intention to deep dive into goals centered around your dreams and desires. Within the first few pages of the Passion Planner, you are posed with two questions:
“If I could be anything, do anything, or have anything, what would it be?”
“What goal is going to make the most positive impact on your life right now?”
Admittedly, these are not easy questions to answer. While they do require some effort in reflection, I believe we put more pressure on them than is needed. In this article, I will be exploring a few ways to give yourself some grace as you begin setting your goals for the year.
1. Practice Flexibility
There’s a certain power to writing things down that feels finite, as if things are set in stone and immovable to change. That belief alone can be crippling; none of us would ever write anything down! The magic of written planning is the level of accountability and ownership you take over your goals.
You own your goals, not the other way around.
If a certain pursuit on your Passion Roadmap no longer resonates with you, cross it off! If you find that an initial benchmark you set for yourself is not realistic, adjust it! Chasing your dreams is a commitment, but one that is ready to flow and change as you do.
With Passion Planner, you are the author of your own life. Erase and revise as needed.
2. Explore Variety
Many of us are multi-passionate individuals, eager to dip our hands across a number of interests.
You don’t have to limit yourself to just one passion!
What are hobbies you have been meaning to explore? Travel? Calligraphy? Spirituality? The possibilities are endless when you consider what you’re excited about. When we think about goals, we often go straight to the ones that produce a specific result, such as saving x amount of dollars or getting As in all our classes. Feel free to commit yourself to the practice of your hobbies, which though may not have a measurable result, can be an essential factor of self-love.
Passion planning is a balance between getting down to business when needed but also infusing fun into your day to day.
3. Connect with Your Inner Child
Our mindset dictates how we approach the Passion Roadmap.
I find that as I have grown older, I have become more attached to outcomes and expectations.
I rely on structure and sure things, perhaps as a defense mechanism to prevent ambiguity. I imagine myself as a child filling out my Passion Roadmap, thrilled at the prospect to exercise my creativity and less concerned with whether or not things were actually possible. Certainty is the number one enemy of curiosity.
Embrace your inner child and approach the Passion Roadmap as a gateway to your imagination.
4. Take Baby Steps
On the flip side of being held back by certainty, we can also be paralyzed by extreme uncertainty. You are definitely not alone in this; it is completely normal to not know what you want. My Passion Roadmap was a hot mess in 2019. I was navigating a career change and had no idea what field or profession I wanted to go into. The lack of clarity was maddening.
In the end, I found that committing to a direction was more feasible than committing to a destination.
Instead of writing down, “Settle into a career”, I wrote down, “Update and revise resume.” The career did eventually come, but the best part is that I had arrived just by committing to bite-sized goals.
Small wins definitely add up, and they are worth celebrating!
The New Year is a time of hope and new beginnings. As you get started on your 2020 Passion Planner, I hope you bring an energy of curiosity and open-mindedness to whatever this year has to offer! Remember, when it comes to your goals, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to start.
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Paula Votendahl is a Content Marketing Specialist with Passion Planner. In her free time she enjoys Passion Planning, eating Hot Cheetos, and watching British period dramas.