I’ve made resolutions in the past and sometimes kept them. I’ve made lists of accomplishments that I wanted to do, and met some of them. However, I was often more preoccupied with the failures and this didn’t really seem like the right way to go about it. I read PedalWorks post on not making New Year’s Resolutions and it struck me as a good idea.
PedalWorks got the idea from a filmmaker (read the blog here) to select one word or phrase to summarize or categorize what you want to accomplish in the new year. He called it his mantra. It sounded like a better idea than making resolutions, so I have adopted it for this year.
For 2018, I have chosen three words.
Better, Bolder, Active
I want to do everything better. I want to eat better, live better, write better, deal with things better. I want better things in my life. Of course, this means putting in some actual effort. It isn’t magically going to happen (sadly) but I think the results will be worth it.
I want to take more chances. I want to be braver. This is not just for my love life, but for my writing, my work, and the diversions I choose to engage in. Bolder financial decisions might also be a good idea.
I want to do more things. I want to explore. I want to try. I want to see what’s out there. I want do the things I have been talking about doing. Despite the obvious need for the gym, this is meant to be more than that. I am hoping it will mean more doing and less thinking. It am hoping it will mean choosing engaging rather than being passive.
In truth, I think, 2017 was a lot like that. While it had its challenges, 2017 also had its triumphs. That being said, I don’t want a mere continuation. I want 2018 to be even better, bolder and active.