Many of us identify the new year with optimism, as a means to reflect on our goals, priorities, and values. However, the process of trying to achieve these goals can be stressful, challenging, and overwhelming. Accepting these emotions as part of the process can help ground us in the reality of change, and working through these emotions opens up possibilities to achieve the goals that we set out to accomplish.
Here are 3 tips that may help you achieve your new year’s goals:
- Keep it simple. See if you can summarize your overall goal with a one-word intention, and create experiences surrounding that one word.
- Allow yourself to trip up. One of my favorite mantras, famously from Voltaire, is ‘don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.’ Know that it is okay to stray away from your path to your goal. Be patient with yourself, and allow any mistakes to be a learning experience. Mistakes are what make us human, and it is great fuel for creative expression.
- Engage in active creative experiences that help to solidify your intentions. Create a vision board, write a journal entry, or be around people who will support you in achieving your goals.
To add to the third tip, I hope that you can join us in a community drumming experience to reflect on your intentions for the new year, where you will:
- Engage in nonverbal emotional release as a means to create space for growth
- Connect with other like-minded individuals in a supportive space as you share your goals for the year
- Start off the new year by engaging in an overall enjoyable, transcending experience.
Join us at Argo Counseling and Wellness on Saturday January 18 from 12-1:30 to start the new year to the beat of your own drum. All ages welcome.
Amanda Rosado, MMT, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist with a passion for serving individuals with emotional needs. Learn more about Amanda and music therapy services at Argo!