Raise your hand if you like new year's resolutions….
Looking around I'm only seeing two hands raised.
Raise your hand if you've stuck with a new year's resolution for an entire year.
Hello to the one disciplined person in the crowd proudly waving her fingers.
New year's resolutions seem like a great idea until you decide not to go the gym this once or you tuck into a big piece of chocolate cake or you find yourself saying yes again to something you don't want to do. You feel guilty until March which buys you enough time to forget the whole thing.
Preempt the guilt this year by giving up on new year's resolutions and instead use this simpler and stickier way to make a commitment to the new year, one you will actually keep.
Here's what you do:
Create one word to define your year. Choose something you want to invite into your life or a new way you want to be. Let it be simple and yet profound.
Here are a few examples from my life and from my clients:
- Go Big (ok, you can have two words)
- Compassion, Creativity, Come Home (As needed, you can have 4)
Keep it simple, and you will remember it. Then pour your decisions and thoughts through your word for 2016. You'll be amazed at the consciousness and intention one word will bring to your year!
Happy New Year!