My body is screaming to stop the madness of holiday indulgence. While crazy tasty, the concoction of Christmas hor d’oeuvres, massive meals, chocolatinis, cookies and treats has made my system reach it’s processing limit and my derriere hit epic proportions. Like many well-intendeds, it was time to start my resolution to lose the weight I’ve gained since Thanksgiving. I had enough, so I launched into resolve two days ago, December 28, after yet another huge dinner…of Christmas dinner leftovers. After happily skipping off to sleep anticipating a wonderful new day of health, I woke, felt my stomach eating the other side and growling loudly and instantly reached for the homemade Biscotti on the counter to dip into my morning coffee. I had made it three full hours. Yeah. Technically I have until January 2 to begin, right?!
Resolutions are good things. But the wheels inevitably fall off and thus they go bad. Quickly.
The typical pattern is the same. We are energized by the fresh start, the new beginning. We cast off feelings of failure and disappointment and pain associated with the year behind us and we’re anxious to make the new year better. We make our list of goals for the new year and may even post them on the refrigerator: get fit, stop drinking, be nice, etc… Week 1, we begin with vigor, week 2 our normal routine kicks in and we struggle against the rut we’ve created but keep trying. Week 3, we’ve failed so often, we give it a few fleeting final attempts, and by week 4, it’s DOA. It’s an accomplishment to have made it that long. The intent was good.
Maybe we just need to change the method.
Maybe instead of listing goals that often focus on ceasing negative habits, we focus on ONE WORD for the entire year. Maybe we determine a core character trait that we keep in front of us, make choices that lean into that character, and grow the entire year. Maybe if we chose a positive trait, something we work to become, we’d find ourselves actually accomplishing many of the things on our initial lists, but achieve them because we’re gaining the character needed to do so.
Champions have common threads of character they pinpoint as essential to achieving pursuits.
- What goals would you like to achieve this year?
- What character traits must you put into gear to accomplish each? (Discipline, creativity, determination, perseverance, focus…pick the word with the shade of meaning that will propel you forward this year.)
- Choose ONE word from the pile that resonates the most or would be the strongest catalyst for accomplishing most.
- Create a bulletin board or use the fridge door. Have an area for each family member. Write your ONE WORD creatively and put it in view. Add pictures or any illustrations of what developing that trait will help you accomplish. This becomes your goal board.
- You can go a step further: Keep a small notebook on your early morning workspace. Write your ONE WORD and what it will help you accomplish specifically each particular day. At the end of the day, write the positives of the day: small accomplishments to big things you appreciated. This is a great practice that keeps your head in a positive, productive space.
I’m still musing on my word for this year. In the past, I’ve chosen: whole, confidence, forward, new
Daughter 1’s word: RELENTLESS
Daughter 2’s word: FOCUS
What’s your ONE WORD? Reply and let us know!
The original idea for One Word came from http://www.myoneword.org.