This New Year’s weekend, my yoga teacher said the word resolution is related to resolve. She asked, “What have you resolved today?”
To me, the word “resolve” means completion. This gave me a new look at starting the year. Instead of asking myself what I would like to do, I asked myself, “What would I like to complete?”
When I looked up the word, “resolve” does mean bringing something to an end as well as making a decision. So then I asked myself, “What would I like to be free of in my life?”
My thoughts drifted from eliminating clutter to saying no to business ideas that take me on wild goose chases.
Then I read Arianna Huffington’s post on resolutions. She suggested, “How about beginning with a list of three things you thought you would do one day but, realistically, you never will. You can just declare them complete. ” She crossed learning German off her list.
I thought this idea would be particularly useful for my female clients. We are born multitaskers. Before we finish one task, we are planning the next, and the next. Our to-do lists are never finished. We just keep moving around the piles on our desks.
Taking things off the list can be painful. But some ideas and projects are past their shelf life and need to be tossed.
When you declare ideas, projects, or even dreams complete, you free up the space to focus on what is most important to you now. This clears the clutter from your business activities and your life.
As you look forward into the new year and decade, what will you cross off your list? What can you say goodbye to so you can say hello to new opportunities? What dream must you grieve so you can see a fresh path?
I have taken off 1) a group coaching idea, 2) writing a book chapter for a colleague, and 3) redoing my back yard. That’s just the beginning. There is more to peel away.
What about you?