Welcome to the new year! As you make peace with your post-holiday rhythm, let me ask you this: Has anything changed for you since you turned the calendar page?
I’ll pause and wait a minute while you think about it. …
Now, did you discover anything in that moment of meditation? I hope so, because I think it’s a given that we all have fresh resolve this time of year. We want to make changes and usually the sooner we take action the better the results will be. That includes the tiniest of changes like packing a healthy lunch once a week or remembering to floss more often, both considered positive actions that deserve a “woohoo for you” and may have been among your New Year’s resolutions.
There. I said it. I used the “r’” word, but notice I didn’t capitalize it or even refer to it until the end of the second paragraph. Why? Because simply put, a resolution is just another word for deciding to make a change. Big, small or anywhere in between with no one judging except you because no matter how hard we might want to change someone else’s life, the only person we can really change is me, myself and I.
Most of us continue to choose the beginning of each calendar year to make changes because it just seems right to start a life cycle once the baggage of the past 12 months has been neatly closed out and packed up. You did do that, right?
But if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like to go the New Year’s resolutions route, why not promote a tiny bit of peace on this planet and take a kinder and gentler approach this year by committing to a few changes. Especially things that you really believe need changing. Here are some ideas:
- Instead of belonging to multiple industry organizations and realizing that you can never attend anything any of them sponsor, choose the one that’s the best for you and your situation. Commit to getting involved in some capacity. This change is called “honesty, and it’s a good thing, honestly.
- If you haven’t yet embraced a new technology that you know you’ll have to at some point, don’t put it off. Do it now. it now. This is called facing reality.
- How about just committing to recycle some of the office, home or personal junk that clutters your life? You might be saving the planet in the process.
Whatever approach you take, pay attention to the rhythm in your life that comes with change. Maybe this is the year to resolve to be more sane and sensible in all your choices.
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