I truly like the idea of reflection and renewal that goes along with the turning of the calendar page. Out with the old, in with the new. But somehow in the term resolution there seems to be a pass/fail or win/lose or did/didn’t element. I am not sure this is helpful. Yet, it needs to be more than a wish list. A level of commitment is required to actually make some changes.
The idea of New Year’s Aspirations seems to hit the mark for me. One definition of aspire is to direct one’s hopes or ambitions towards achieving something. Another is to long, aim or seek ambitiously. So, it is something you really want and you have to put some effort into it. Simply wishing upon a star is not going to cut it. Following the decision to make the aspiration list, is the reflection as to what should be on it. Then, as in a good goal developing strategy, what are the steps we need to take to ensure we achieve it. Some productivity experts suggest breaking a large goal down into smaller, more achievable parts. After all, there is motivation and positive feelings in achievement, no matter how small. The S.M.A.R.T. goal setting theory recommends the goals be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
Another factor is the process of writing the thoughts down and then sharing them with others. This is thought to increase the level of commitment and possibilities of achievement. “Putting it out there,” so to speak. But different strokes for different folks. One strategy is not going to work for everyone. It needs to be tailored to our own uniqueness and there is only one person truly able to do that. You.
So, as we approach the end of 2012, with the satisfaction of knowing the world did not actually come to an end on December 21, I hope you can find some space and time to reflect on how you hope 2013 turns out.
In the spirit of going first and stepping out of the box a bit, here are some of mine.
I am pleased with so many things going on in my life, but I would like to take some of them to the next level. First on that list is cowtrailsandponytales. Along with that is writing in general. Both of these need to be more often, better and to a wider audience. KT & Company has some great projects but I would like to see more in 2013. Not totally sure what they will be but we do have some great ideas. I really need to improve my technical skills, both for my camera and new Ipad. What would a New Year’s Aspiration list be without something about fitness? Walk more and more yoga and eat healthy, or healthier. And I cannot forget to include some improved organizational skills at home and the office. Here’s to many great things in 2013 – Cheers!
“Celebrate what you want to see more of,” Tom Peters.