Resolutions are a funny thing. Some people wait until January 1st of each year, and in one grandiose gesture, try to change EVERYTHING about themselves, only to realize by January 15th that they really hate running like a hamster on a treadmill and that cleaning out a juicer every morning is one of the worst tasks in the world. On the other hand, some people are vehemently against anything resembling a resolution and roll their eyes at anyone who buys the January 1st gym membership.
I suppose I stand somewhere in the middle. I believe that we should always keep learning and growing, that to not intentionally want anything new from the upcoming 12 months is like turning your nose up to lots of awesome self-discovery, good stories, and knowledge.
However, I have also learned that tons of unrealistic resolutions set at the same time won’t work either, and can overshadow other important aspects of your life.
For me, having a successful year is about identifying how I want to feel overall and being flexible enough to let life happen and guide me where I’m supposed to be.
Therefore, I’ve kept my resolutions simple this year.
Share & connect.
Nourish my body, mind & spirit.
Move my body.
Pray & trust.
All of the things in this list bring me joy, so, duh, I want to have more of them in my life. And honestly, this list will probably not change much over the course of my life.
Now don’t get me wrong, I still believe in goal-setting. I frequently chisel away at and update my professional and personal goals, but for 2016 I want to make sure I don’t let minutiae prevent me from things that make life rich. Whether that’s connecting with friends without rush, savoring a cup of coffee on a slow morning, or taking an unexpected trip somewhere new, these are the types of things I resolve myself to this year.
What are your thoughts on resolutions? Do you have a different approach that works for you? What have you decided that you want from your life for the next 12 (or more) months, and have you been achieving them so far?