New Year's Resolutions, who knew it was such a controversial topic? It seems that this year more than any year before I have heard people say “I don’t believe in setting New Year's resolutions.” Maybe you are one of them? Or maybe you have your resolutions set and ready to conquer! We have been doing it to welcome in the new year since the ancient Babylonians (commonly their resolution was to pay off debt…..not much has changed) Maybe people don’t like “New Year’s Resolutions just because of the disingenuous nature of people setting goals just because of the time of the year. Maybe it’s because people make such drastic change that it is impossible to make a permanent change.
Whether you are for them or against them, I say, do you! I don’t see anything wrong with setting goals, intentions, or resolutions for the new year. Truth is, I believe working to improve yourself is always a positive! It seems that anymore there are becoming so many different modern ways of approaching this ritual of the New Year, New You! Let’s take a look at a few of your options.
Picking a word for the Year
This seems to really be picking up steam this year. I see it all over social media. Everyone picking a word and asking others what their word is. I often wonder if they know that there is a process to this or if they are just picking a word that reminds them of their resolutions?
In 2012, Dan Britton, Jimmy Page, and Jon Gordon released the book One Word That Will Change Your Life. In this book they talk about the simplicity of having just one word to focus on throughout the year. The thing that people miss is that you don’t just pick a word. There is a process. This process includes God and receiving the word he has for you. I have read this book and it is excellent! I highly recommend it! Here is the link for you to check out (just to be upfront, I would benefit from you getting this book through this link).
Good ol’ fashion, New Year’s Resolution.
By definition, this means to make a firm decision to do something or to stop doing something. This is different than a goal. It is a declaration. Most people just choose one, while others do many. Quitting smoking, losing weight, working out, paying off debt, and saving money are just a few of the most common. At the base of it, we are resolving to have a better next year than the previous year. I always think that it is interesting what we define will make us “better”. Just remember that there are power in your words. We are made in God’s image and he spoke everything into existence. Declare your resolution proudly and take consistent action to improve.
Reflection and intention.
There is something about the quietness of this time of year. Things slow down a little and can allow you to take some time to connect with your life, and who you are. Many people take this time to think about the year that is coming to a close and looking ahead to what they want to accomplish in the new year. This is different than a resolution because instead of a decision to do something different, you are setting the intention for what you want to do or accomplish in the next year. These types of goals are not as defined.
Celebrate the change of the calendar….no goals…..no resolution
Of course you can just have a party and keep on living life! (I had to throw that in there, but I don’t know anyone like this. If this is you, please introduce yourself to me. You fascinate me!)
Here is what I will be doing, and I invite you to join me.
I do all of the above.
I spend time reflecting and getting in touch with my values, guiding principles, and desires. Every few years I get a new copy of 5: Where Will You Be Five Years From Now by Dan Zadra. It is a great workbook that takes you on a journey to really get in touch with all those many parts of who you are. Here is a link if you want to check it out (yep, it’s another one of those links that I benefit from) Once I have done the book and have cleared the fog in my head. I go through the process from the One Word That Will Change Your Life. This process requires you to get away from technology. To find silence. I spend a lot of time with God. I surrender myself to him, and give him my year. I patiently wait on my word….his word. Once I get it, I make a firm declaration of my word. I find ways to build it into my life.
Now, let me warn you, this is a process. It takes days to go through. It’s not about a light switch coming on January 1st. It is about making the most of the precious time that God has given me. It’s about living in the purpose that he has designed me to live in. To be the person that he made me to be and follow his will and not mine.
Whatever path you take, set yourself up for success. Ensure that you are identifying and removing obstacles. Set up reminders and accountability. Make it fun and rewarding. Find ways to keep your focus.
Guess what? I can help you with that!
Did you know that there is a community of other woman just like you that are eager to help you be all that God has called you to be?
There is! And we want to welcome you into it!
All you have to do is let me know where to send the link to join!