This time of year brings attention to concepts such as growth, change, and goal setting.
Let's look a little closer at each of these.
One traditional notion regarding growth is that you are either growing or you are stagnant.
A few alternative ideas could be you are simply being, you are thriving in some areas and challenged in others, or you are content with what is and don't feel a need to produce or perform.
One traditional notion regarding change is that it's difficult.
A few alternative ideas could be change is most difficult just prior and then gets better, it's neither better nor worse, just different, or that choosing not to change something may still be a conscious decision.
One traditional notion regarding goal setting is that you must set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Action-Based, Realistic, and Time-Bound).
A few alternative ideas could be to set an intention and see what unfolds, implement a small habit rather than set a goal, or allocate a regularly occurring time to "play" with an idea.
If you are feeling trapped or stuck by a traditional approach to something, try experimenting with how you could approach it differently to create more ease for yourself while staying connected to what you value.
There are certain things we each need to accomplish on a regular basis, even to just maintain stasis, but there can be so much creativity, questioning, and mindfulness regarding how we go about doing it.