Five years ago, I stopped making those empty promises to myself, otherwise known as New Yearâ€™s resolutions. After not being disciplined enough to do whatever I vowed Iâ€™d do each year, including (but not limited to) less shopping and restaurants, and quitting my obsession with potato chips and chocolate. None of those things ever lasted more than 30 days.
I replaced resolutions with a practice I call â€œName the Year.â€ Yes, it sounds like a game show question, but itâ€™s eï¬€ective. Before the end of each year, I decide what tone I want the next 365 days to take and give it a name. I consciously keep the name in mind as the year progresses.
Iâ€™ve had some good years: 2010 was the year of prosperityâ€”I met all of my ï¬nancial goals. Last year was the year of explorationâ€”I made an eï¬€ort to see more of the world, and I did.
Giving my new year a name has taught me to look for the best in people, experiences, and myself. I rarely get down in the dumps because I know if I come up short or something bad happens then Iâ€™ve got to continue to work harder and move forward with a purpose.
Although I havenâ€™t come up with a name for 2013 yet, Iâ€™m visualizing an extraordinary year. What will you name your year? Whatever you decide, look for the best. And even when you face challenges, know that it can still be done.