There’s a lot of fuss and flurry around the New Year and what’s to be resolved, changed, ignited. I’m not a fan of making New Year’s resolutions or setting goals. I know that must be a surprise since I’m a coach and most people think of coaches being in the goal-setting business. My thought is that once we have a vision of what we want our lives to look like, then we just do what is necessary to make it happen. However, I’ve realized that I’ve gotten mired in the details or the weeds of life and need to lift myself back up on the balcony in order to get a better view of life and career. Once I get into the weeds, all I see is weeds. Can you relate to this? Have you been seeing the chaos, the lack, the challenges, the problems of the world as opposed to what you desire, what you want, what IS working, what you want to keep in your life and what will bring you happiness and peace? So I’m setting some objectives for 2011; for me, it’s more of a focus to lift me back up to that 30-thousand-feet viewpoint; not a focus on the weeds but the garden as seen from the balcony. I want to rise above the pettiness, the smallness of the everyday and keep my eye on the vision, the bigger picture. For example, thinking about the best use of my time (I spend a lot of time reading…so what quality of books will I read? Okay to read for pleasure, but also read something I will remember). What will I watch on TV? Okay to watch TV, but would it bring more enjoyment long-term to read or meditate, walk or spend time with a friend or loved one? Sometimes, it’s necessary to take charge of what’s now in order to line up what’s next. Setting those objectives for what’s important to you in this New Year as it applies to the bigger picture of your life and then what you need to remember in order to get there. What are your intentions? Setting an intention and reminding yourself regularly of this intention AND what will be different for you when you hold true to this intention. Setting objectives and intention for me takes the shoulds out of having to do something, it puts me back in control and keeping my eye on the bigger picture of what-will-be-different for me if I maintain my intent and focus gives me momentum. The what-will-be-different is a vision that will pull me forward as opposed to me having to push myself up the hill. Pushing takes a lot of energy and when we fall down or get stuck we feel badly about ourselves and that only makes us more stuck and less enthusiastic about life. I didn’t just wake up one morning and decide there’s a difference between resolutions, goals, objectives, and intentions; it came from observing my clients and myself over several years. It’s amazing what the view looks like from the balcony.