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Thumbnail for 7069Every year we are expected to make resolutions, and often times we don’t quite fulfill those goals, leaving us to strive for them again the next year. The very word “resolution” indicates the idea of seeking out a “solution” over and over again: “re”-“solution.” This is curiously the very definition of insanity. This kind of logic might indicate that we as human beings, are inherently insane. Isn’t that awesome?

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Instead of setting resolutions this year, why not try something a little different? Here’s an exercise that put a little spin on New Years resolutions, so start by getting out a pen and paper and writing!

1. Set Some Daily Intentions

These are small concrete behaviors you’d like to enact each day– they are things that you can measure or materialize. For instance, instead of saying, “I’d like to exercise more,” you can say, “I’ll take the stairs at least 5 times a day.” Instead of saying, “I’d like to drink more water,” you can say, “I’ll drink 32oz of water before noon each day.” Below are some examples. Pick out a few or create your own, and WRITE THEM DOWN in a place where you can see them every day:

  1. Eat breakfast sitting down every morning.
  2. Run 3+ miles 3 times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  3. De clutter desk for 5 minutes before working.
  4. Delegate anything that can be delegated.
  5. Focus on one task at a time.
  6. Turn off phone ringer and emails during work and workout.
  7. Return emails – 3 times per day only.
  8. Return phone calls – 2 times per day only.
  9. Say no to anything that wastes time and is not productive.
  10. Eat lunch and dinner away from the desk.
  11. Drink 32 ounces of water before noon
  12. Take the stairs at least 3 times a day
  13. Get at least 7 hours of sleep a night
  14. Sing every morning in the shower
  15. Take five minutes to do a breathing exercise at least once a day

2. Choose a Word of the Year

Looking back on the past years, every year seems to have a theme, whether it be “Change” or “Love” or “Action.” What if you could choose a word to focus on for the year? Every decision you would make would focus around that all-encompassing idea. Looking forward at 2014 and all that lies ahead of you, what would your word be? Choose a word, and then let that guide you in manifesting it into your reality. Here are some examples to use:

1. Action
2. Service
3. Love
4. Friendship
5. Consistency
6. Focus
7. Balance
8. Relaxation
9. Achievement
10. Development

3. Choose activities or skill sets you’d like to develop and focus on 3.

Once you make your list of activities to partake in or skills to develop, choose 3 to focus on. Put a star next to them and remember you are not superman, but you are MUCH more capable of doing 3 things well, than 20 things half-assed.

4. Make mini-bucket lists and focus on 3 things at a time.

Similar to the skills listing above, you can make a bucket list of things you’d like to do this year. Then choose 3 that are MUSTS. Once you’ve completed these, then you can star three more. How do you run a marathon? You start with one step. And then another. And then another. Before you know it, you’ve run 26.2 miles, a task that at first sounded overwhelming. But who can’t take one step?

I like the way Dale Carnegie put it:

“Think of your life as an hourglass. You know there are thousands of grains of sand in the top of the hourglass; and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck in the middle. Nothing you or I could do would make more than one grain of sand pass through this narrow neck without impairing the hourglass. You and I and everyone else are like this hourglass…if we do not take [tasks] one at a time and let them pass…slowly and evenly, then we are bound to break our own…structure.”

So remember, when planning for the New Year, you can take things one at a time.


Love, light, and kale,

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And a little Auld Lang Syne to welcome in the New Year!…

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