The Problem with Being Resolute

It’s that time of the year again. Time to make resolutions most of us won’t even remember in February.

Resolutions make me think of inflexible goals, incapable of shifting or stretching. Unwavering. Resolute.

Making up my mind about my entire year on January 1st just doesn’t sound like the best way to start 2015 if you ask me.

New Year ResolutionsLast year, I made a lot of resolutions. Some I kept; some I didn’t. I thought I made a pretty managable list, but guess what? Life got in the way.

At some point during the year, my vision for 2014 changed. Does that make me a failure? I don’t think so.

This year, I’m doing things differently. I’m not making one resolution. Not a single one.

Instead, I’m going to start every month with a fresh look at my life – a little self-reflection to to ensure I’m staying accountable for the direction my life takes.

On the first of each month, I’m simply going to ask myself the following questions:

  1. What do I love about my life right now? How can I help that part of me grow?
  2. What’s causing me anxiety or frustration? How can I fix the issue or remove it entirely from my life?
  3. What sparks my curiosity? What do I want to learn more about?

Boom, that’s it.

That month becomes all about taking baby steps based on my answers and building happiness and satisfaction in the short-term.

A few small positive changes every month following regular self-reflection will remind me to shift my goals in the areas of my life that matter most. By next December, I hope to be a stronger, smarter, happier version of who I am right now.

2015, here I come.

Are you constantly falling short of your New Year resolutions and sick of it? Try out my new method. Then we can compare notes.

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