It’s New Year’s Eve here, though, depending on where you are when you read this, it may have already come and gone. Whatever the case may be, Happy New Year to you and yours. I hope that the coming year is full of the things you hope for, as well as a few unexpected surprises that will help you to grow.
It is, of course, customary at this occasion to make certain promises, or, to use the more correct terminology “resolutions” regarding our behavior, goals, desires, etc. in the coming year. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the whole “resolution” thing is a bit, ah, misguided. But that could just be my own perspective.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t make resolutions. By all means, we should enter into agreements with ourselves where the aim is to better ourselves. But I think our foundation for this is wrong, or at the very least, just a little off the mark.
Think, for a moment, about the different resolutions that people make. They want to lose weight, they want to stop smoking, they want to <insert ‘Bucket List’ item here>. All admirable goals, there is no doubt about that. But we have made a habit of framing our resolutions in very passive language. “I want to lose weight” is not a resolution, it’s a wish. “I am going to lose weight” is a little bit better, but it doesn’t quite capture our desire; it leaves room for us to drop the ball without feeling any major consequences.
For my part, I’m not making resolutions. I’m stating my inspirations for the coming year. The language may not seem all that different, but think about how much more active it is to say “I am inspired to…” instead of just “I am going to.”
So what am I inspired to do over the course of 2014?
1. I am inspired to finish the novel I began this past November, and to have the first draft fully edited and revised by November 2014.
2. I am inspired to buckle down on my nutrition as it relates to my fitness goals, and get my body fat percentage down to below 10% in the next 6 months.
3. I am inspired to continue reading across various belief systems, to expand my knowledge base, and to connect with this readings on a personal level that they might better inform my spiritual practice.
4. I am inspired to be my best possible self at work, to continue to show excellence and the drive to meet and excel expectations that my coworkers and superiors have seen in me.
5. I am inspired to challenge my personal boundaries at least once a month to facilitate my growth as an individual.
6. I am inspired to establish and develop my personal massage practice, whether it is through working part-time at an established spa, or making a more concerted effort at my own independent practice.
7. I am inspired to blog more often, to share what I think and feel, to encourage debate and conversation, and to interact with those fellow bloggers who I find inspiring.
Those, at least, are the beginnings of my inspirations. There are probably more, but this is as good a start as any. I’ve put them out there now, which means, on some level, there is accountability. But I am inspired, and inspiration is a potent motivator.