I get it; some people hate the idea of resolutions. Some hate that their favorite treadmill will be taken for the next 3 weeks. Others laugh at the idea of “cutting people off” overnight.
Well, I’m not one of those people (anymore). I don’t know about you, but I’m feeding off all the positive energy (and a little bit of the hate, too). And I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to start working on my resolutions. Each day this week, I will reveal one of my five New Year resolutions.
For me, it helps to be transparent and accountable (that’s why I’m posting them everywhere!). It’s also helpful for me to understand that change is a process. It starts with a resolution, then it takes consistent work until it is no longer a “resolution.” I’m working to make each resolution a part of me, my life, and my purpose.
That’s why I’m starting the week with this resolution:
After grad school, I was burned out! I didn’t realize it, but I was. I didn’t take a break to figure who I was and what I wanted outside of the assignments I was given 18+ years of classes. I was a college student. That’s it. While that was an honor, I lost track of what I really wanted, or -better yet – what MY true purpose was/is.
So, I headed out into the working world chasing every shiny opportunity. When some of those things became exhausting (because they weren’t meant for me), or they weren’t “fun” anymore, I flaked out. When I got overwhelmed, I shut down physically (Your body will shut itself down, if you don’t take care of it!).
As a result, I started appearing flaky, unfocused, and overall difficult to count on. It all boiled down to one thing: consistency. So, 2018 I will become more consistent. If I choose to take on a project, I WILL see it through to the best of my abilities. If I know I cannot be consistent on another project, I will have to respectfully pass up the opportunity (because it’s probably meant for someone else’s purpose). I will be more consistent in my friendships, mentorships, fellowships, and new relationships.
It won’t always be easy. I will get tired. I may get bored. I will probably be overwhelmed at times. But, I resolve to become more consistent in all areas of my life: mind, body, and soul.
What about you? Drop your resolutions below.