Know what you don’t want

As you start setting your intentions and aspirations for the new year, don’t fret if you can’t pinpoint the exact things that you want to do, places you want to visit, people you want to meet or other experiences you want to have. Try as best you can to make your intention something that is empowering and motivating for you, and back it up with a few specific actions you can take to realize that intention in the world (e.g. goals).

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Then recognize that there are a lot of things going on out there in the world, and you might not be able to pinpoint the exact experiences you want to have and goals you want to achieve in the coming year…yet.

For me, I create a list of intentions for every new year, and a few goals that substantiate each one. For example, one intention I have this year is to Embody My True Personal Power and Vitality, and one goal in line with this is to compete in a off-road trail running race this year (distance isn’t important). That said, I don’t at this point have all my specific goals nailed down, and that is ok. I know that as the days move on I’ll have a clearer idea of the specific goals I want….goals that are lined up with my intentions for the year.

However, this year I am also going to try something new….I am going to spend a little (not a ton, but some) time doing is identifying a list of things I don’t want to experience this year! I am motivated to do this after reading this little quote by Steve Jobs:

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“I’m as proud of what we don’t do as I am of what we do.”

It got me thinking. I think many people, especially those who are motivated to grow personally and professionally, often get oversubscribed with doing things…and this makes it tough to 1) really focus on the things that matter and 2) take advantage of ad-hoc fun experiences that pop up from time to time.

For example, just a few days ago, a friend asked me if I wanted to go to go snowshoeing for a few days….staying in a “Yurt” near Mt. Rainier. Apparently, someone in the group fell sick and a spot opened up. With 24 hours notice, I was able to take advantage of this since I hadn’t booked my weekend full of random stuff to do. It ended up being one of the most fun experiences I’ve had in a long time.

So after you’ve spent time setting your intentions and creating your vision board, think about a few things you are willing to cut-back on or totally cut-out. Do so and you might just end up creating the free time and space to really achieve those lofty goals, and have a ton of fun in the process.

Published by Ravi Raman

Executive Coach + Yogi + Endurance Athlete

3 replies on “Know what you don’t want”

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  2. first of all, let me say this is an outstanding blog, very interesting
    i actually didn’t make any resolutions, well just one, get healthy for my kids
    and lo and behold, I started Yoga, Power Vinysa Yoga at that. I found your blog when I looked up the 3 day fruit diet, with Baron Baptiste, I got his book the other day, Journey Into Power, you have NO IDEA how much YOU help people as well, how much I have written down and printed out from your blog within the last few days. I am just a baby Yogi but I really enjoy it and I hope I enjoy your smoothie receipes! One question, do I really need that VitaMIx blender? Looks great and great way to get fruit and veggies into my kids! Can you recommend some good cereal, I was thinking Kashi. In peace

    1. Hey Rasheda – you don’t need a vita-mix – any blender will do. HOWEVER, for me my vita-mix is my most used appliance and smoothies taste so much better in it. You can also blend things like greens and other veggies that a regular blender struggle with. The most important thing is to just start. Start drinking smoothies (healthy ones) and then eventually you may decide to upgrade your blender.

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