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A new approach to New Years Resolutions: How do you want to FEEL?

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"Happy New Year!". It's a nice thought that we get to start with a fresh slate once a year, make (or re-make) those resolutions and recover a bit from the manically busy and exhausting EOY push before diving back into the emails and meetings. Personally, I don't like New Year's resolutions - I feel a pressure to succeed and achieve that ultimately fizzles out by about February…(and studies show I’m not alone here!).

My (re)Solution for harnessing the generative energy of the New Year? 

Ask yourself 4 Simple Questions

  1. What do you want more of (in your life / work)?

  2. What do you want less of?

  3. How do you want to feel?

  4. What actions, practices or habits will give you more of that feeling?

Lock it in with sustainable actions or practices that you enjoy

Once you're clear on how you want to feel - ex: confident, calm, vibrant, energized, etc - and what will help you feel more of that - ex: regular exercise, a different job, better eating habits, etc - choose some concrete and sustainable actions that will take you more toward that feeling.

What would it look like to create those practices consistently or support yourself to be in action toward that desired state?

Ex: An exercise practice that you enjoy, an exercise buddy you walk with twice a week, a healthy meal kit delivered to your door, etc.

Allow your answers, and that desired feeling, to guide your actions, choices and priorities for the whole year, not just January.

Pick your theme for the year ahead

About 10 years ago, I started ditching New Years Resolutions and instead picking a theme for the year ahead. This theme is based both on what I want to create (what I want more of), and how I want to feel. It represents my overarching intention and focus for the year ahead. It stays alive throughout the year (rather than burning out by February!), and provides a lens through which I assess and make my life and work decisions.

For example, your theme could be “Radiant health”, “Partnership”, “Grounded Expansion”, “Presence”, “Radical self care”, “BOUNDARIES!” etc.  The key is that you feel a little jolt of energy and resonance when you say it.

Notice how different this feels from some of our more standard, recycled New Years' Resolutions like: "Go the the gym more" or "Lose 10 pounds".

Your theme will emerge once you've identified what you want more of, and how you want to feel. Last year, I wanted to feel more supported, less "solo", and more connected to others in the daily activities of my life and work. The theme that came to me was Partnership... in every sense of the word.

Looking back on the year, I can see how naming Partnership as my intention focused my attention more on choices that gave me that quality throughout my life and work.

In work, this meant seeking out more professional collaborations and business partnerships that felt inspiring and generative. In life, it encompassed romantic partnership, as well as a healthier and more easeful co-parenting relationship with my ex-husband. It even included encouraging more "partnership" from my teenagers in how they participate in household chores rather than me nagging them all the time... (that one's still a work in progress, but you get the idea!)

What is your Theme for 2024?

And, now for a bonus question...

What is your genie wish for the year? What would make it your best year ever? Be brave and cast your wish - you never know what could happen...

If you'd like support setting your intentions, theme and goals for 2024, reach out to schedule a special 90 minute Visioning Session with Christina.

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