As the New Year approaches each year, I struggle with New Year’s resolutions. I know, the New Year has already started; I am still coming to terms with all the resolution business. Normally, making a list of resolutions is just not my thing. In the past, I would dutifully write my list and TRY to keep them. According to statistics, most people don’t keep them past the first month is not the first week. That was me! So out went the resolutions. But I still always feel that tug I should make some kind of commitment for the year.
So this year I decided to do something different. My epiphany — it doesn’t have to be a list of ‘things’ that I want to accomplish for the entire year! A list that usually gets lost in the shuffle of papers after a few days. I need something that I can say to myself each day to remind myself of the things I want to do. If I have a beginning phrase, something that I could type up (hang up on my desk, mirror, and refrigerator etc. so I will see everyday) then I could add my own ending each day. For example, if the beginning statement was, “Go for…” I could add my own ending. Go for a walk. Go for lunch. Go for a massage. You get the idea?
Next I would need to come up with something that would stimulate a significant ending. “Go for” was not very stimulating or motivating. It had to be something that would get the creative juice flowing to try something new and step out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. Additionally this phrase needed to be the call to action for a daily reminder that there were things I wanted to accomplish each day.
I could try the Nike motto, “Just Do It”. But that’s been over done. What about, “Today is the day you will…..”? or “Make time”? or “….Make it so”? Then I found this little sign on the internet.
DON’T MAKE A RESOLUTION MAKE YOURSELF
Perfect! My phrase would be….. “MAKE YOURSELF”
This will give me the push I need to make myself better AND make myself take action.
So, I am feeling pretty good about my newly discovered method of starting the year. What do prefer? Resolutions? To Do lists? Neither? Or maybe that perfect catch phrase!
I’ll keep you posted on how all this works out!