It was a while ago when I became skeptical of New Year Resolutions. I never really did them myself but people talked about them; how they never really followed them through, and how bad that made them feel when they failed to carry out their Resolution. I did try a few times in my life but I’d fall into the same trap. Then one day, in my skepticism, I realized the word “resolution” just wasn’t doing it for me. “I resolve to get something done. To change my life.” A resolution just felt to me like a promise. I resolve, I promise to do such and such. But in the end that promise was quickly broken. In my mind, a resolution is just an idea of something, usually a disconnected image of what would make me a better person. But if I really want to change something I need to be active about it. I decided that I was no longer going to do New Year’s Resolutions but instead do New Year’s Revolutions. I want to take decisive actions to change something in my life. I usually keep it broad and flexible, more a way of how I want to live life. For example instead of resolving to go to the gym, I raise up a Health Revolution and work towards making my life more healthy which includes physical, and mental health. It just feels like a more proactive way to approach change in my life.
One year I tried New Year Evolutions. I thought, “Whoa, that’s a good idea. Evolve.” The thing about my evolutions – my relationship to the word made me think of slower change and something that would just happen without me. Evolution takes millions of years (at least that’s the way I think of it.) So I decided to go back to Revolutions which has Evolution inside of it so Evolution is implied in Revolution – to re-evolve.
So now I write down my New Year Revolutions. Usually I write out two copies, one I burn, the other I keep to use as a reminder throughout the year of how I’d like to change.
Also, for the past 10 years, I’ve had a word or words that would be the theme for the year. The word will just come to me, usually just as I’m waking up and I’ll hear the word and think, ‘Oh, so that is this year’s word.’ Last year it was “Commitment,” and one year it was “Integrity,” another year “Decisive.” And the word comes within days of the New Year so I don’t know quite what it is yet but may know by the time I post this and so I’m happy to share it when it comes.
Have a Happy New Year!
Health, Magic and Abundance!
Long Live Your New Year Revolutions!