For the past two years, instead of making a bunch of New Year's resolutions that stress me out and make me feel guilty, I've simply picked one, single word as my focus for the new year. Previously, I've used "support" and this past year, it was "ease." I can happily say I found surprising sources of support for some unique challenges in 2006, and despite some high benchmarks for 2007, I often marveled at the ease with which my life was proceeding.
I think this technique is like planting a little subconscious seed in your brain — part of your attention starts working on making it happen and suddenly, voila: new opportunities are revealed.
For 2009, it's going to be "success," even though part of me feels like that's cheesey and too rah-rah to say publicly. No matter. It's what I'm hoping to create in my life in a number of ways, so "success" it will be!
What would your word for the new year be? What qualities or experiences are you hoping to cultivate as you move into another annual cycle? Where would you like to be in your life this time next year?
I was inspired to try this idea after reading about it in our local paper (sorry, can't find it in the Austin American Statesman online archives or I'd link to it). Various Austinites had tried words like "act" (to tackle procrastination), "connect" (for someone who felt like they were whizzing through their lives and not taking the time to really tune into their children, spouse or friends) and "smile" (for someone who felt bogged down by seriousness and work).
They reported on their experiment a year later and to a person, they all had great results and some of these folks were skeptical to start off with.
I'd love to hear your words, and if you feel like sharing, why you've chosen them….
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