I don’t know what it is about turning the calendar to a new year. I feel like the last quarter of every year is about excess and indulging and going going going so much so that when January rolls around, I just want to breathe again. And once I catch my breath, I want to hit the reset button and get back into a rhythm – focused, committed, productive. I gave up making resolutions but do look at January as a time to reflect on the previous year to learn from it and apply any new principles to the coming year. Last year I did a fun technique to focus my year’s resolutions. I really like the last point – “x things I want to learn”. What I found was that I did want to learn those things in January. And some I didn’t master but at least made steps toward learning more. But others I ended up replacing with higher priorities for the year. What I do know was that I learned a lot from 2014 and hope to continue in 2015!
I have broken down resolutions in previous years to something my husband coined – “Healthy, Wealthy, Wise, and Organized”. But I find I have so many things under each grouping, I get overwhelmed and disappointed if I can’t keep things going. I’m inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’s challenges that focus on one thing instead of a list of resolutions. I’m also inspired by the site, becauseisaidiwould.com, which acknowledges the power of writing down our intentions and sharing them with others I discovered through my yoga studio, Namaste. They also shared a great post/image (on left) on Facebook about adding more to our lives instead of admonishing ourselves to stop doing thing.
So for 2015, I really like the simplicity of Peter Bregman’s “One Theme” idea and am going to set a theme for the year – Intention. I want to focus on the things I choose, deliberately, mindfully and not coast on autopilot. I want to plan ahead and prepare for events. I want to allow myself to be present for those around me. And I want to challenge myself with activities that keep me grounded and focused.
I don’t have all the answers for the year that will be inline with my theme, but I plan to take each month as it comes and reflect and prepare for the next accordingly.
Starting with January… Because without Health there is nothing else, I re-commit to improving myself in that area foremost. My challenge for January is that I complete a 21-day detox program to COMPLETELY cut out sugar and processed foods, drink more water, and move more. At the end of January, I’ll evaluate, reflect, and adjust for February… but only with intention.
Do you normally set new year resolutions? Themes? What has worked for you?