For some, New Year’s Resolutions are goals we put out for ourselves to achieve. Lose weight, learn Spanish, etc etc. As a goal oriented person, I appreciate this, however I have found that I need more in life than to achieve goals. I have a desire to transform into a better version of myself, thus altering things about my personality or way of life in general. So for the past few years I have been working with guiding principles instead of goals or resolutions. I try to reflect on these principles every so often to ask myself “What did I do this week that aligned with these principles?” Or “How can I push myself to better exhibit these principles?” I’ve found it is far more ambiguous than a goal, and requires introspection and tweaking as you go along, and to try new practices and learn more about yourself. I change my principles whenever I feel that it is time- not on January 1st. Without further-a-do, here are the new principles I set out for myself this spring, while keeping in mind that I would be traveling.
1. A FOUNDATION
Foundation in daily practice of self care, self love, consciousness and gratitude.
Ways to do this: Exercise, meditation, positive affirmations– daily
2. LIFT UP
Inspire/encourage others to DO GOOD. Help them be the change.
Ways to do this: Spend time writing/share your journey, create practical guides? Something more concrete? Be supportive in general.
Take time to connect with others. Be light hearted and sincere in regards to relationships.
Ways to do this: Listen, be kind, be inquisitive, reach out, check in.