MAKING NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS? NOT THIS YEAR.

I’m not making any resolutions this year, I am going to do what Christine Kane, President & Founder of Uplevel You, does. Nicole Dean told me about Christine in a recent blog post. Christine never liked the idea of resolutions, but still wanted to mark the beginning of a new year and the change that it represents.

One year I just decided to revolt against resolutions. I had my very own “resolution revolution.” I decided to simplify, to focus, and to be gentle about the approach. Here it is:

Pick a word for the year.

Just one word. That’s all.

Then, hold that word in your mind throughout the year, and let your word guide you to take action. …

So, instead of making resolutions – which do little to inspire you – you choose the word “courage.” Courage then becomes what guides you. Each day you focus on that word. When you don’t want to go to the gym, you don’t berate yourself with the threat of your resolution. Instead, you motivate yourself with your word. “Courage.” You say it aloud to remind yourself. And you go because learning how to not be scared of change is exciting to you. The word then builds on itself. … Courage becomes the guiding force, not the harsh standard …

Christine compiled a list of possible words for us. As you read through them below, see if one or two speak to you. It may be tempting to choose four or five, believing that you can do it all, Christine recommends that if you can’t choose just one, narrow it down to no more than three.

One is ideal. It gives you focus. If you master that one word, you can choose another one in June.

Pick a word:
Compassion
Delight
Generosity
Effortlessness
Wealth
Gratitude
Abundance
Creativity
Willingness
Change
Growth
Freedom
Mastery
Kindness
Health
Presence
Acceptance
Courage
Confidence
Self-Love
Action
Forgiveness
Forgive
Release
Trust
Knowing
Patience
Friendship
Fun
Grace
Laughter
Love
Expansion
Exploration
Adventure
Openness
Discipline
Awe
Awareness
Risk
Gentleness
Choice
Spirit
Prayerfulness
Power
Allow
Artfulness
Attention
Beauty
Joy
Focus
Ritual
Heal
Order
Clarity
Pioneer
Peace
Laziness
No
Yes
Deliberateness
Commitment
Savor
Integrity
Listen

See Christine’s 2006 blog post, You Say You Want a Resolution…, for more info.

I’ll let you know my word – and why – on New Year’s Day. Tell me yours – and why – below.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!