Stop. Don’t make a New Year’s Resolution. It’s a waste of time and you’re setting yourself up to feel like a failure come….well, Australia Day most probably.
As a way to change your behaviour, New Year’s Resolutions are doomed to fail. And you don’t need me to quote studies proving this theory, simply cast your mind back to all the resolutions you’ve made in your life and tally up how many of them stuck.
Do you need some thinking music?
Probably not because the answer will likely be: NONE.
But as the calendar clicks over from one year to the next, it’s natural to feel like you want to do something with that blank page in front of you. For sure. Same.
So here’s an idea: choose a word. A word that will set your intention for the year. Some examples:
- Lean In
- Lean Out
The idea of a word for the year is to draw your focus on something that you’d like to infuse into your life; to thread through it.
At the start of 2016, I did this for the first time and after a bit of thought, I decided my word was ‘create’. It was the perfect choice for me at the time and ecapsulated in a positive way, everything I wanted to change about my life.