I love everything about the New Year. Bubbly wines (I prefer Prosecco). Sparkly dresses. Joy. Cheer. Dancing. Boozy brunches. Luck-inviting comfort foods. Reflecting on the year past. Planning for the year ahead. A clean slate. Fresh opportunity. It’s pretty-much all my favorite things in a 48 hour period. If Tailored Output had an official holiday, this would be it. I basically built this business around my love for New Year’s Resolutions.
And Resolutions start on January 2nd.
That’s my tradition. And my recipe for success.
It started by accident, actually. I decided years ago to take Resolutions seriously instead of deciding to lose a few pounds like everybody else. And I spent all day on January 1st digging in to what I wanted to do that year. What I was willing to commit myself to doing. Then—probably inspired by a self-help book—I sent my goals for the year to my best girlfriends, the two people I trusted most to call me out if I got off track.
It sparked a little revolution and we've kept the tradition strong for years. Sharing our goals and Resolutions on the 1st. Checking in with each other quarterly. Keeping accountability and encouraging success. It was awesome. It still is awesome.
Waiting until January 2nd to start gave us a little more time to think. And plan. And share.
As success built, things got more involved, and I expanded my idea of what I was capable of doing in a year. I started to prepare more. I found The Desire Map and started a new tradition of working through that life-changing process for goal-setting each December. I now know well before January 1st what I want to accomplish in the upcoming year.
But Resolutions still start on January 2nd.
Trying to start on January 1st is too much pressure. It requires way too much willpower to keep all your new, untested, promises to yourself. Slightly-hungover, still surrounded by delicious holiday treats, possibly still traveling, and in the company friends and family (with all of their own expectations about your behavior) is not a recipe for start-something-new success.
And then what? If you try, and fail, to get your Resolutions off the ground on the 1st, how do you respond? Do you think today is a fluke, tomorrow will be better!? Probably not. You’re probably more like me and think, seriously? I can’t even keep this damn Resolution for ONE DAY?! and quit. If you’re really like me, you probably pretend you never even made a Resolution—because that’s easier on the ego than failure—and move on with a year-as-usual.
So I don’t do that anymore. Resolutions start on January 2nd.
This year my Resolutions are really grand Intentions. I have four. And they all point to the same place, like a North Star. They shine a guiding light to The Next Big Thing. They’re enormous. And might take more than a year to complete. Maybe even a lifetime to truly master. They are motivating and challenging. And I can’t wait to start!
I’m going to share them with the girls. It’s tradition. And I also am going to share them with you here. Because I love a good leap. A public pronouncement that makes it scarier to turn back than to go forward.
My Resolutions for 2016
- Make myself into an excellent and sought-after coach and consultant.
- Maintain a healthy and strong mind and body.
- Transform my lifestyle from suburban-dwelling to adventure-ready.
- Build a meaningful and lasting partnership with Cory.
What about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Are you ready to start? Is this the year of The Next Big Thing? Or are you still working out what that thing might be? Are you ready to make a change but not quite sure to what? Would you like some guidance and support as you figure it all out? Tailored Output is offering a New Year, New You Virtual Workshop to provide just that: everything you need to create challenging and inspiring goals. Resolutions you’ll actually keep.
It starts on January 2nd.
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The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals With Soul (affiliate link) by Danielle Laporte