In 2014, I decided I wasn't going to do resolutions. At least not in the traditional sense of making a list of things I wanted to accomplish or change. After years of making resolutions, it kind of just lost its appeal. So in 2015, rather than a list of things I wanted to do or stop doing, I landed on one word. INTENTION. My goal was to live life in 2015 with more intention. To be more deliberate and purposeful with my time, relationships, and my business.
Did I succeed? Looking back on the past 12 months, I do feel I was more intentional on many fronts but with full honesty, probably more so at the beginning of the year than the end. Overall, there were still too many times when I let busyness get the better of my days. And while I could have done better at living with more INTENTION, it did feel a lot more purposeful to have my decisions and pursuits in 2015 driven by this guiding principle.
As I sit here welcoming the first day of another new year, I am committed to using a similar approach to help guide me through 2016. But I haven't landed on the word(s) yet. And I'm not at all worried that I haven't figured it out. While I believe that Jan 1st can be a great motivator for many to make changes or a new start, I know that we can reboot at any point in the year and I don't feel rushed to land on something just to have an answer to the proverbial "what's your new year resolution?" question.
I'm actually considering a slightly different approach this year. It's based on a recent Facebook post by my friend and fellow Academy of Culinary Nutrition graduate, Rachel Druckenmiller of Rachel's Nourishing Kitchen. She talks about another and similarly refreshing approach to New Years resolutions that involves deciding upon one or more words that describe how you want to feel in 2016 and then basing your habits, activities and choices around ways that make those feelings a reality. I think it's brilliant. Linking your habits to feelings is a really powerful way to keep yourself accountable. You can make a list with things like "drink more water" and "lose 10 lbs" but sometimes those lists can be really limiting and hard to keep committed to. Sometimes we put things on a list because we think that's what our list is supposed to have on it. And there's no emotional attachment there. This year, might I challenge you to reframe your resolution(s) in a more meaningful context? Re-writing the list above as "I want to feel HEALTHY & ENERGIZED" sheds a whole new light on things. You can then go on to decide what types of activities, habits, situations and relationships make you feel the way you want to feel and then do more of those things.
I bet that if you do this, by this time next year, you will be able to say more often than not, you made choices in 2016 that brought you closer to how you wanted to feel this year.
Here's to a fabulous 2016!!