Getting ready to make your New Year’s resolutions? Don’t do it! … well, at least not yet.
Imagine – Swimming 2.5 miles through open water , biking 125 miles over grueling hills, then running 26 miles in the searing heat…
then, as you cross the finish line an official says “follow me – we’re starting your next Ironman!”
That would be exhausting, and likely not feel very rewarding. Instead – try this:
Take a few minutes to reflect back on this last year before making your new years resolution:
1/ What are some memories that really bring a smile to your face?
[for me – coffee in the sun with my wife in Yosemite valley, and watching my son longboard with his idle California]
2/ What are some of the things that you ‘did’ achieve? (Whether family, work, or personal).
[Summiting Half Dome with Chris and Josh in Yosemite Valley, learning a new role at work, and over 10 days of rock climbing despite 2 jobs.]
3/ What’s one thing you’re most proud of?
[my son of course – but of me? my optimistic outlook and willingness to see possibilities….they’re every where! )
4/ What are you grateful for?
[I’m always grateful for my health but also for good friends, fresh clean water, and to be loved].
This kind of self reflection is rewarding and can also be the rejuvenation you need, before launching in to another year.
It can also provide valuable information for planning ahead, such as what you want more of, or what you want less of.
[for me, one thing I want less of – is to feel ‘obligated’ to do things – I want to feel excited!]
So before you set those ‘new’ year’s resolutions – take time to reflect on this past year.
In a real hurry? Try this;
a/ What is one thing you liked?
b/ What is one thing you want more of?
Take time to do this. Do it with a friend, significant other, or quietly by yourself, but do it.
Here is to what was a fantastic 2013.
And here is to a very happy new year to you.