There is a real paradox every New Year. While it offers a fresh slate and a new beginning full of endless possibilities, it can also bring a lot of self-imposed stress and overwhelm with high and often unrealistic expectations. You already know the list: eat healthy, exercise more, spend less, and so on… Instead of making a list of all the things you want to do this new year, I invite you to answer one question:
Who Are You in 2022?
By this I mean, How do you want to show up? What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of character, legacy, or reputation do you want to build? To help you answer this question, pick ONE from this list of ideas to choose as your theme for the day, the month, or the whole year.
After you decide the theme for who you want to be, spend some time exploring what it means to you through any of the following five activities:
- Journal your thoughts with stories, lists or doodles.
- Create a vision board with images, words, and color.
- Engage a commitment partner or a coach.
- Schedule and track it.
- Commit and re-commit.
Choosing who you want to be determines your focus–overwhelm or possibilities.