Equip Your Intentions
When we're going camping or hiking, we make lists and make sure we're prepared. How many of us have the same level of preparation for setting off on the journey of a new year?
Obviously, it isn't about the stuff, and making lists won't help you if you don't actually do anything. But you're more likely to follow up on your intentions for change if you invest a little time in making sure you're equipped for the journey.
The one thing you definitely need is a way to both help yourself commit to movement forward and track your progress as you go. A good journal is crucial--think of it kind of as a way to "save your game." If you're having a bad day and your inner critic is telling you you're lost and should just give up, then you can look at what you've written before, realize it's just a bad day, and reset. It's so easy to get lost in the fog of our own doubts and tendencies to self-sabotage; you need to make sure you both document your own progress and commit, in writing, to putting one foot in front of the other.
One thing that I've noticed is that people think intent is all in the mind. If you have an intention, you just do it, right? The problem is, the intention isn't the thing. The thing is life, and life is about the many physical factors that make our corporeal bodies DO THE THING. We're sensual creatures, and little creature comforts can make a huge difference.
These can be little things, like turning up the heat a degree or two in the morning so it's easier to get out bed and out to the gym. It could be a thermal coffee mug to keep your drink warm while you write, or a pair of socks that makes you happy. For me, it's all about the journals and the pens.
Journals, especially, don't have to be fancy. Sometimes a really nice journal can be so precious and off-putting that you're scared to touch it, and what's the point of that? There's so many great journals available now for relatively low cost that it's easy to find something that you know you'll use.
Regardless of what your goals are, make sure you have something special that's dedicated to your self-development that will nourish you, protect you, or keep you warm. You deserve it!