New Year’s Resolutions? Or just three words for 20142
Happy New Year! As the first post of the New Year, I thought that I should post something, for posterity’s sake, at the very least. Honestly, I’ve never done New Year’s Resolutions, as they end up being paper-thin promises to myself that I wound up feeling guilty about come Valentine’s Day, or maybe by the time spring comes, if I was lucky.
However, I really like this approach that Chris Brogan has about choosing three words that act as reminders to help you to attain your goals in the new year. Use them as a mantra, or a touchstone of sorts when you’re feeling unfocused.
This is the first year I’ve tried choosing three words and it took me a little time to come up with the right ones. In no particular order, here are my three words for 2014:
Gratitude: A feeling of appreciation or thanks
Some times, things suck. Like not even a little suck, but really really suck. I chose the word gratitude, not as a way of making things suck less, so much as to act as a reminder to appreciate all that I have that doesn’t suck.
It’s a great little exercise to keep you grounded, and I find it really helps to bring out the positive in everything, without being all ‘everything is sunshine, lollipops and rainbows!’ For me, it’s a realistic approach in appreciating simple things: like a decent cup of coffee in the morning, to more profound things, like having improved health through my holistic nutrition education.
Need a little more inspiration? Check out this video. (It’s all about documenting things for which you are grateful. And while I’m realistic in knowing I can’t do a photo every day, I think I can commit to keeping the word gratitude in mind every day).
Climb: To rise slowly as if by continued effort
This word may or may not be inspired in part by the Mother Abbess belting out “Climb Every Mountain” in The Sound of Music. (Trivia: I spent the first dozen Christmases of my life watching this movie every year). Originally, I was going to choose the word ‘rise’, as a reminder to ‘rise above’ the things that get me down, and to be the bigger person, but I didn’t feel like rise was an active enough of a verb. When I think of rise, I envision a magician levitating the lovely assistant, and that’s not the visual I need. So I switched to the word climb, because I especially liked the “by continued effort” part of the definition, because so many things in life happen as a result of continued effort and dedication.
Present: Being, existing, or occurring at this time or now
Ironically, the image I chose to represent the word present is in fact, from my past. The tiny feet belonged to my son, when he was about a week old. Of all three words, I find this one is the most personal, the most challenging, yet has the potential to be the most rewarding. Too often, I find myself saying “Not right now” in answer to the question, “Can you play with me?” Too often, things that are seemingly important take priority over building block robots in the living room, or running around in sub-zero temperatures playing snow castles with him.
In this fast-paced world of so many screens, do you ever find yourself distracted? Less-than-focused on the person in front of you? Perhaps this word resonates with you, and like me, you’ll commit to trying to be and exist in the here and now, and not on the virtual.
Honorable mention: words that didn’t make the cut
There were so many words that I had on my short-list. Rise was one, but it was eventually replaced with climb. Also on the list were: opportunity, open, peace, family and free.
Do you do resolutions for the new year? Or do you have three words that will guide you in 2014? Let me know in the comments.