So, What’s Next?

Have you ever noticed that there seems to be a lull, a drop in energy, after the holidays? Yes, it may be due to insufficient sleep, but more than likely, it’s because a goal has been achieved.

When we set a goal, our minds are dealing with the gap between the way things are now (current reality) and the way we want things to be (the goal). This is also known as Cognitive Dissonance – cognitive, meaning of the mind, and dissonance meaning things just don’t match. In music, it’s two notes, usually very close together, that causes our ears to beg for resolution – one way or the other.

Because we are picture-oriented as human beings, our minds want the pictures we hold to match. And because we cannot hold two opposing pictures at the same time, we naturally move to the strongest picture – either way, because our minds don’t care. It is only the strength of our goals that cause our minds to “care” so much about which picture we move toward. As we move, we get energy and ideas to reach the goal. The closer we get to goal achievement, the less energy and ideas we need, which leads to the lull. For the holidays, we goal-set to decorate, get gifts purchased, make it through dinners and brunches and parties.

Now, the parties are over. Gifts are exchanged and opened, and the refrigerator may still have leftovers. It’s “lull time.” Now, lulls in the action are fine, as long as they are intentional and not a mistake. They are also a great time for a little introspection and for planning that next round of goal-setting. What do you want next? Where do you want to go? What is going to be your hallmark for this new year?

The possibilities are as great as your imagination.