We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called "Opportunity" and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce
And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that have never been. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
In looking for a fresh approach to entering this year, a traditional time for reviewing and planning, I've been thinking about a linguistic twist on the concept of New Year resolutions — as "re-solutions". What if, instead of "re-solving" – fixing or solving something over and over – we could frame and pursue our annual goals in such a way so that this was it — that they'd never have be 're-solved' again?
One way is to articulate your goals and aspirations in the present tense, like they are already occurring: "I move my body 30 minutes a day." Be specific and measurable: if the martian from outer space came down and observed you, how would they know you were accomplishing your goals?
No longer "re-solving" means commitment not just on the grand scale but in the day-in and day-out; not just what you do in January, but what you will still be doing in May, July and October. How will you hold yourself accountable – on a daily, monthly, quarterly, as well as yearly basis? Having a method of checking in with your daily intentions as well as your larger longer-terms goals can help you see progress.
Opportunity. Things that have never been. What are you writing on the fresh pages of this new year?