Resolutions? How about a New Year's theme instead?
Happy New Year! Have you made resolutions? Goals? Plans? Do you dare to hope to change your life for the better in 2013?
It's great, probably even healthy, to have aspirations of change when beginning a new year. We desire more for ourselves and our families. It's fun and exciting and easy to dream. The trick is to actually take action, breaking our lofty plans into small, achievable steps. And then sticking with it.
The reality is that most New Year's resolutions fade away as we go about our daily routine. We are, after all, creatures of habit.
I like to use a theme approach to new years to help me refocus on what's truly important to me in an attempt to make progress. I choose a theme for the year, something I desire more of or simply something that really resonates with me. Then I try to consciously view the year in terms of my theme.
One year, for example, my theme was â€śadventure,â€ť which not only helped me to take more chances and try new things, but also lightened my perspective on parenting, especially when the kids were misbehaving or embarrassing me (â€śHey, it's part of the adventure!â€ť).
I also find that a lot of my more specific goals fall nicely within my theme, and the theme helps bind them all together in my mind. Thus I am better able to remember what changes I am trying to pursue.
So if you haven't made any goals yet, or even if you have, you might want to consider choosing a theme for this new year and see how it goes for you. Good luck!