Forget Those New Year’s Resolutions
Thereâ€™s a sense of excitement as we launch into a new year and many of us make our perennial new yearâ€™s resolutions. As a coach, I suppose I should be really into them, but, to be honest, I enjoy taking a different approach at times. How about you?
Iâ€™m doing something a bit different this year. Iâ€™ve come up with just one theme. Itâ€™s simple, easy to remember and will hugely contribute to my other aspirations for the year. My 2005 theme is the â€œYear of the Pear.â€ Hereâ€™s the painting that inspired this name:
My small business coaching client, Rose Sierra, a wonderful artist and creativity teacher/coach, sent me this image of the painting (and gave me permission to share it with you, along with her name). I love this painting. I can practically taste the sweet pear juice dribbling down my chin, feeling alive with the fresh taste, the simple pleasure of eating a yummy pear.
For me itâ€™s the Year of the Pear because my theme is â€œJoy.â€ This intention includes activities that bring me pleasure, fun, and relaxation. As a Type-A entrepreneur, my challenge is not motivation or procrastination, itâ€™s balance, slowing down, and enjoying life. And I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the more time I take off and the more non-business joy, pleasure and relaxation I have, the better my business will do as well! Hard to believe? At times, it is for me. But in my heart, and in my experience, I know itâ€™s true. Because when I get back to work, my energy and creativity are twice what they were before.
So whatâ€™s your theme for this year? I encourage you to pick one. If itâ€™s hard to choose, just remember there will be, God willing, many more years for those other themes. If New Yearâ€™s resolutions havenâ€™t worked for you in the past (and they donâ€™t for the vast majority of us), try something different.
Pick a theme and do it up big! It could be broad or very specific, for example: physical health or playing tennis weekly, financial abundance or earning X amount this year, community involvement or donating blood every two months, exploring your creativity or writing and selling that book inside you. Remember, this is your theme, not anyone elseâ€™s. Let go of othersâ€™ agendas or opinions and listen to your intuition, your gut.
When we make a public declaration of an intention, it creates much power and momentum. I invite you to share your year’sÂ theme with me, as I have mine with you, and Iâ€™ll send them out next time to over 4,000 brilliant subscribers who get this newsletter.
Now thereâ€™s a commitment.
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