Our year is winding down, and ahead of us is the High Holiday for all goal setters: New Year’s. Potential resolutions are hiding right around the corner, so let’s start staring them down now.
Be honest: how many of your past New Year’s resolutions have you kept for any significant length of time?…..
Probably not many. Here’s why: they were probably either unrealistic, or overly standardized.
They probably involved something like “losing weight”, “quitting smoking” (or some other bad habit), or “doing better with money”. Do you see the common thread? They weren’t quantifiable, and they all involved giving something up. Instead of saying , “I will lose ten pounds by St. Patrick’s Day”, you sort of mumbled about losing weight, and then settled back to regular life after a few days.
Also, these vague goals all involve loss, and denial.
Ewww. That’s no fun.
So buckle up, Kids–we’re going to think outside the box, and decide to start something, instead of stopping. And then we’re going to get even crazier, and choose goals that will start to better the world in some way, instead of just ourselves.
How wonderful is that?
Let’s say, for example, that this January, everyone decided to be friendlier, and then committed to doing just one thing to make that possible.
Let’s imagine that starting Jan. 1, 2017, everyone committed to smiling at every person they come into contact with, before any words are spoken between them. Imagine what could happen, Friend. Here’s a New Year’s Resolution that’s not only extremely doable, it impacts our world in a good way. Think you can do it?
Or…what if everyone decided to count to five before answering someone, whether in person or online? What if everyone agreed to pause, think and then respond? To not fire off in anger, misunderstanding or pride, but to genuinely listen, pause and then answer. Imagine what the world would look like, then. Think you can do it?
What if during this new year ahead of us, everyone forgot about their waist lines for a second, and worried instead about their fellow-man?
Let’s say that on January 1, 2017, everyone committed to donating something to their favorite charity once a month. It could be a cash donation, it could be time spent helping this group sort paperwork or maintain a facility, or it could be as simple as dropping off a Goodwill box on the last Saturday of each month. What if your New Year’s resolution was a pledge to do at least one thing, once a month, for an organization dedicated to improving the lives of others? Think you can do that?
Of course you can.
You, my friend, can definitely choose to do something small to make our planet more peaceful.
Collectively, each of us doing a small thing will make a big difference. Yes, I know–your weight matters, and I’d love it if you would quit smoking. You can still work on all of those things, and if you need help, check out this earlier post about goal setting.
There are others things our world needs right now, though. Please consider, as you narrow down what you are going to eliminate in 2017, what you would also like to add. Then make it happen.
I can’t wait to hear about your new resolutions, and will happily provide you with feedback on how to help make them a reality if you need any guidance.
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**Chanler Jeffers is a woman who has seen many extraordinary things over her lifetime. An adventurer, survivor, overachiever and advocate of kindness in all instances, she has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), and is a member of their Circle of Champions. She has had the good fortune to live and travel all over the world, grew up as a military dependent, was a single parent for many years, has survived cancer and gently shaped countless people over her years on this little planet we call home. Follow along as she shares her knowledge, her experience and her love. Oh, by the way–one more thing. She’s married to a Bass playing rock star, lucky girl.