Do any of you have resolutions for the new year? Generally, I like to set goals for myself and revisit them several times a year, but I think this year I will actually set some resolutions for myself. Because I would rather make myself happier through my resolutions than set resolutions that accentuate some negative quality and make me feel crappy by even working on the resolution (I'm not making this up, read this post about thin-ideal cultures and depression among women), I decided to do a bit of research on the topic.
The Openhand Foundation posted a piece on following through with resolutions from a spiritual and philosophical perspective. That resonated with me.
The Happiness Project give tips for following through on resolutions.
From the Blog "Loving Work & Leading," comes an approach that includes resolution, intention, expectation and envision components. A holistic approach to making resolutions a part of your life.
The federal government actually tracks New Year's resolutions. (I know there is a good reason for that. It just struck me as funny when I read it.) They list the most popular resolutions right here.
I think it is important to create and keep resolutions that mirror your core values. For example, if I resolve to swim more this year, it would be with the same intention as I live the rest of my life rather than at the expense of it. This realization has taken time to cultivate and is a practice in the truest sense of the word. If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I like to stay in the moment, connected to what I am doing right now, and maintaining this presence takes discipline in the form of saying "no" to obligations and activities that are at odds with this intention. With that in mind, I'm off to brainstorm a few resolutions and goals for the new year.
peace. & LOVE.