A whole new array of opportunities stretch out before us as the new year opens up. How will you spend your year? Many of us have decided this year will be more on task and productive in ways we value. The momentum is there to tap into and it feels exciting.
I don’t make resolutions but I do take time to acknowledge my progress and consciously think about what I’d like to see happen in my life in the days, weeks, and months ahead in the new year. In going through that process around New Year’s, I paused when I heard myself in my head criticizing myself for being undisciplined, lacking in ambition, and unwilling to take risks. If only I’d be more disciplined, make better choices I’d be doing more of the writing I want to do.
Wow! Really listening to myself was discouraging. How can that be inspiring or motivating?
A flash of a more positive take on myself emerged. I take risks that matter to me. I develop meaningful relationships. I keep trying, trying to get fit, trying to improve my writing, trying to meet deadlines, trying to write the kind of books that are meaningful to me, and having a professional response to criticism.
According to a Facebook game, my word for 2016 is change. There has already been a lot of that and I actually am excited about more changes coming to start off the new year. If I were picking my word it would be open. That’s how I want to approach 2016, open to possibilities I haven’t even thought about.
If you want what CBS billed as the secrets to keeping New Year resolutions, check out this link http://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-years-resolutions-new-york-times-john-tierney-strategies-to-accomplish/. Some interesting thoughts.
Best wishes to all for an exciting 2016!