New Years Resolution Mojo – Lost
Lets face it a new year, as an event, is not anything new. It happens with monotonous regularity every 365 days, or 366 when it’s leap year, so it’s no surprise that just like birthdays, they come and go whether we’re ready or not. Heading into every new year there are the usual influx of both article and blog post covering off every new year extreme, from the pitfalls of failing to rigorously plan for the coming year including rituals to let go of the old and bring in the new, to those warning of the dangers of setting New Years Resolutions, or more accurately expectations that could leave you feeling desperately disappointed and despondent. Then there is the advertising that kicks in for every weight loss diet and fitness program, promising that this will be the year you kick that lazy butt of yours into shape. Sound familiar?
Now I must admit to usually being in the new years resolution, fresh start, this is my year, watch out world here I come category, however this year I just could not get my Planning Mojo into gear. I even purchased some cool books to use for both my business and personal new year planning. They’re currently sitting on my freshly de-cluttered bookshelf feeling unused and definitely underemployed right now.
So what have I been doing instead?
I did review the year that was, the good the bad and the down right ugly, and I chose to let it all go, keeping the lessons learned. Then I set about relieving myself of material stuff, paperwork, books and anything else that has been weighing me down. Still no New Year goal setting!
When I expressed my concern at my lack of planning for the upcoming year, actually it was more my lack of desire to plan that troubled me, the ever wise Glenn reminded me that I had business plans in place for 2016, and he’s right. I had also already returned to my preferred clean eating and stopped the nightly glass of wine. The reality is that we can draw a line in the sand or make new plans any day of the year. We can change direction any time we like. It’s just a matter of choosing to give ourselves permission not be to caught up in the hype of musts and shoulds and new years resolutions.
In reality, I didn’t need to force a plan because the 1st of January approached, nor did I need to fill every moment with business goals and planning. I was already naturally mapping the way forward, as and when appropriate. This approach left me room to tap into what I really needed, which was to let go of the ‘stuff’ that did not serve me.
Is my whole world de-cluttered and pristine now? No, not yet, however it’s feeling lighter and easier to navigate and this approach is much more inline with my intention to be more connected, mindful and gentler with myself. And so my word for the year is simplify.
How will I be using my word for the year?
My word for the year is part of my guidance system, along with my values and intentions, in reality, simplify really does sit along side my other values. How will I use it? When I’m making a decisions check in with myself to see if the choice will move me closer to or further away from my aim, in other words will it simplify or further complicate matters for me? Then I can make my choice and be aware of it’s potential consequences in relation to my desire.
Have you set a word or intention for 2016? I’d love to hear about your strategy and thoughts as we all head into 2016, so please leave you comments below.