By Amanda Cleary Eastep
My New Year’s Eve began with getting a prescription for bifocals. Not due to age, of course, just eye strain from all that squinting when I read.
The doctor dilated my eyes but provided me with spiffy glasses to wear so no one would think my enormous pupils were a sign of drug use.
Despite some blurred vision, I went back to working on the 2014 goals I had written that morning for my freelance business and my life. Then I looked back over the goals from last year. “Be Focused” was the Small Business-Big Life theme I had chosen for 2013. (Nothing like crossing the finish line still working toward that.)
Choosing a theme may sound like a tedious grade school assignment. But a theme can serve as a unifying idea that either drives your goal setting or emerges from the goals you have set.
Last year’s goal writing exercise began with Be Focused in bold green letters at the top of the page. And remaining focused in 2013 situated me to set goals for 2014 that stretch my abilities and incite small riots…or at least inspire me to take bigger risks. But this year’s theme revealed itself gradually during the goal-setting process.
How to choose a theme for the new year
1. Name it. You may already know what your theme should be: Reach Higher or Serve Others or Find Peace. In this case, you will set your goals based on that objective.
2. Let it emerge. After writing your goals, you may recognize commonalities that can be summed up in a few words that provide a focus for the future.
Maybe even a battle cry.
“Step Out!” is mine for 2014. Maybe I won’t be waving a broad sword over my head while I proclaim it, but I’ll certainly whip out the bifocals and forge ahead into new territory.