January 12, 2012
If you have not read my article on “Making Resolutions That Work,” please do so. Or, if you prefer, you can read the variant of this article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal exactly one year ago today by clicking on the image.
The general premise is that instead of setting resolutions that are specific goals (e.g., lose 10 pounds), you want to create themes that help guide you and your decision making throughout the year.
After spending a week of reflection, I have settled upon three themes:
- More Money, Less Work, Greater Impact – This is my business theme. In particular, I expect to create passive income revenue streams (i.e., make money in my sleep) through repurposing my content and levering channel partners. By doing this, I can then focus my energies on activities that will have the greatest impact on business and society.
- Rituals – I usually joke that I lack discipline, so I considered that as my theme. But “discipline” sounds so harsh and not something that inspires me. Then it hit me. While on vacation recently I had some rituals (e.g., reading an inspirational passage upon waking or drinking tea before going to sleep) that I loved. I realized I could treat “the things I need to do” as rituals. If I think of writing, calling clients, managing the books, and other tasks as rituals, maybe they will inspire me more.
- Perfect – This theme may seem a bit odd. But when on vacation (reflecting on my theme for the year), I used the word “perfect” at least 100 times to describe the trip. I realized that perfect is a state of mind. When you declare things to be perfect, they are perfect. How you see things gives you the reality. Therefore, by declaration, 2012 will be “perfect.”
These themes get me excited about the New Year. They also make activities that might have seemed tedious, more enjoyable (in particular the ritual theme).
What are your themes for 2012?
December 29, 2011
For many years now, I have thrown away the concept of the traditional New Year’s Resolution. In its place I have used themes that guide me through the year. These themes are not specific destinations or goals, but are rather guideposts that help me make smart decisions. In using this approach, I become more “present moment” focused (goals are future-focused). This increases my happiness. And equally important, it allows for opportunities to emerge that might be hidden using a traditional goal-setting approach.
If you want to learn more about creating New Year’s Themes, be sure to read my popular article on “Making Resolutions That Work” (a variation of it appeared in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year).
You may also be interested in some fascinating statistics on New Year’s Resolutions. It is truly amazing how unsuccessful people are with their New Year’s Resolution setting.
Happy New Year. May 2012 be your best year ever!
January 3, 2011
It is that time of year when everyone sets their New Year’s Resolutions.
Here is an article a wrote a while ago, but is indeed timeless:
I was going to post the entire article again, but I just received news that this will be published nationwide in a major newspaper in a couple of weeks. So instead I am only including the link.
And if you like statistics and want to dig even deeper into them, be sure to check out this article:
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
December 30, 2008
In just a matter of hours, 2009 will be upon us. If you have not done so, please read my article on setting New Year’s Resolutions. You may also be interested in some statistics about New Year’s Resolutions.
Happy New Year!
January 2, 2006
In an earlier blog post, I discussed setting aspiration-based themes rather than goal-based resolutions.
What is your theme for the next year? In 2006, mine was “impact” — making a difference in the world.
Friends of mine had generosity, partnership, grace, health, “me”, new beginnings, adventure, and unpredictability.
Please post your theme as a comment. Thank you for sharing your inspiring stories!