I don’t do New Year’s resolutions anymore. The intention was there but my follow through wasn’t. So a few years ago I decided to create a yearly mantra for myself. 2014 was the year of No Fear. Rather than worry about what others thought or whether or not I’d be successful, I decided I’d rather try and see what happens instead of being afraid.
2014 ended up being one of the best years ever. Let me be clear – I still had problems and challenges to face but facing them with an attitude of openness, rather than fear, led to success personally and in my career.
So what’s the plan for 2015? I’ve given it some thought and I’ve settled on . . . drumroll, please . . . 2015 will be the year of taking better care of myself – physically, emotionally and mentally.
I will move more. Even if that means parking the car farther away from the mall entrance to get a few extra steps in.
I will eat better. I know the foods that make me feel icky inside. So why, why do I eat them?
I will get the rest I need. I will give myself permission to do nothing when my body or my mind tell me that’s what I need to do.
For now I think I can do this on my own but if I need help, I won’t be afraid to get it. My friend Gina does monthly focused intentions with an accountability partner. In other words, she’ll resolve to do something like, move each day, for a month. That can mean going to the gym or taking a walk during her lunch break. Her friend who lives on the West Coast creates an intention of her own, like writing every day.
They act as accountability partners for each other, touching base weekly to make sure they’re keeping themselves on track. This also strengthens their friendship. They did this several times, successfully, last year.
Much of why this works is because it takes most of us about 21 days to change our behavior. Therefore consistent daily behavioral changes over the course of a month will help us make new habits.
I can’t wait to see what happens when I begin taking better care of myself. 2015 will be wonderful!
What’s your plan for 2015?