It’s that time of year where we set in place our resolutions and the general direction for the year ahead. This morning I went live on Facebook to chat about such resolutions and offer an alternative.
You see, most resolutions are dead in the water by about the end of the first month. Yet the beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to take stock of where our lives are heading, and arrest any negative habits and trends that are holding us back.
So I offer an alternative: instead of a New Year’s resolution, create a New Year’s revolution. That’s right, leave the pithy resolutions behind and use the new calendar year to create a personal revolution.
The problem with resolutions is that it’s about making a one-off decision, a choice, drawing a line in the sand. Now this isn’t a bad thing, but why are so many people unable to follow them through? The data shows us that there must be a better way, an alternative.
And there is. A New Year’s revolution.
A revolution is an active choosing of behaviour. It includes both the resolve to do something, but the actions to follow it through. Because without a mindset of revolution, all we will do is make a decision that has no follow-through action. A revolution means we are making a choice to transform, to change, to take action on the revolt we desire.
Creating a revolution in our lives is the secret to making the most of the opportunities before us. A revolution in our personal world means significant shifts that lead to different choices being made and alternative behaviour acted out.
A revolution involves making the choice to change, gaining clarity where you want to change, deciding how you will change, scheduling into your diary the changes and then executing the choices.
Choose > clarity > how > schedule > execute.
It’s that simple. Don’t overcomplicate the change you want to see in the world. And remember, change always begins with yourself.