Tis the season for thinking about the upcoming year, and for a lot of people that means making New Year’s Resolutions. Did you know….research suggests that over 90% of people who make a resolution for the New Year are not able to reach their goal? That’s pretty discouraging.
Rather than set ourselves up for failure, how about trading the standard New Year’s resolution for something more realistic – like a theme?
Personally, I’ve never had much luck with resolutions. So when my friend Erin shared her idea for a unique twist on New Year’s Resolutions, I was eager to share it with you all, and eager to give it a try myself!
Instead of defining specific behaviors that you want to do (which are unfortunately easily forgotten,) select one overarching THEME for the upcoming year. This theme can relate to goals you want to achieve, or it can be related to your state of mind, state of being, or really anything you want to be mindful of in the coming year.
This can be a refreshing way to approach a New Year, especially for those of us who are weary of making the same resolution year after year.
Here’s a few possibilities for New Year’s Themes just to get your creativity flowing…
- Happiness is a choice
- Be present and mindful
- Express gratitude
- Pay it forward
- Follow your bliss
- Live with intention
- Healthy habits
- Keep it simple
- Shake if off
- There’s always more to discover
Once you select a theme, find a way to display it in your home or office so that you can see it every day. Many people fail to follow through with resolutions simply because they’re easy to forget. And even though your theme may not necessarily be a goal, keeping your theme somewhere that you’ll see it every day will be a great reminder for you to keep it in mind as you go about your day.
Some good ways to display your theme might be framing it and hanging it on your wall, or keep it written on a whiteboard or chalkboard, or you could even go all out and get a vinyl decal printed with your theme that you can put on a wall in your home! There’s no wrong way to do it, you just want to make sure it’s in a place that you can’t ignore it.
Finally….remember themes are not set in stone. If the theme you chose is not working, feel free to change it. You should never feel constrained or limited.
I love this simple idea that has the potential to make a significant, positive impact on the coming year!
What would you set as your “theme” for 2016?