It's the 'year of the 1's'...not setting a resolution this special 'year of firsts' seems almost unusual. However, statistics show that approximately 8% of the people that set resolutions for the new year successfully reach them. It is no surprise that many people have given up on setting a New Year's resolution all together.That being said, perhaps it may be one's focus that needs to change. Rather than focusing on a goal (i.e., to lose 20 lbs), one may have better success at focusing on a theme (i.e., wellness), stating your intention regarding it and then going a step further by visualizing what that looks like. Having a broader focus as opposed to one specific goal in mind just may be the key to success as suggested in the book, Goal-Free Living: How to Have the Life You Want NOW!
My intentions for 2011 are relaxation and simplification. Sure, I'd like to travel across the world experiencing top notch accommodations and sampling the yummiest of foods. However, in reality, an example of what relaxation would look like for me in 2011 is:
- Knitting every day. Whether it's simply a few rows when I arise or before I retire each day, or a quick 2 hr project, each day I have the opportunity to knit is a very good day.
- Spending 30 minutes each day in silent reflection and gratitude.
- Let it go. Don't try to force the outcome, control uncontrollable situations or try to make people behave (ok people, I need you to work with me on this one).
- Staying present. By staying present, there's less room for worry and feelings of anxiety.
- Clearing out the clutter. If I don't use it, wear it, want it or need it, give it to someone who could. This task alone might take me more than half of the year to accomplish, so I'll stop there :-)