Many of us create New Year resolutions as a routine year-ending/starting exercise. We make lists of what we aspire to be different and better in our lives as we transition to yet another in the string of brand-new “next years.”
But, as my good friend and deep health master coach, Gary Lougher, points out, “Eight out of ten (even well-intentioned) New Year Resolutioners will have failed by February 8th of the new year, and ultimately, ninety percent do.”
This year he is addressing the question of, “How can we get better results?” by creating a Reinvention Not Resolutions program to put you into the ten percent who succeed at keeping their word. Check it out here https://www.2ndascent.com/blog/categories/reinvention-not-resolutions He says, “The goal is to flip the switch and just go … no need for a resolution… we do it starting now.”
The first step is to notice that year-after-year you are getting the same poor results by using the same approach you always have. When you notice this fact, you open yourself to being able to do something about it. The corollary is, if we choose to not notice (or simply ease into neglecting the care and feeding of our resolutions day-by-day) we cannot turn the page on “what we’ve always done.”
One of my favorite expressions is, “To do things differently, you have to see things differently.” My suggestion is to resolve to simply, “Notice more and better in the New Year.” Even subtly raising our awareness of a specific sensation, object, thought, or feeling requires seeing it as part of the whole experience in the moment (the bigger picture). This process involves noticing with no expectation of a specific outcome, and thankfully, is effortless.
Practicing noticing something—even quite ordinary—will enable greater conscious awareness in the context of your state of mind, physical status, location, experience, practices, beliefs, and other personal and environmental factors.
Noticing is the gateway to greater awareness and is accessible and effortless. What better recipe for creating the delicious aroma of freshly-baking New Year resolutions almost ready to be savored.
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