Rooms 183-200: Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions:
One Room At A Time
Okay…the parties are over. The tree’s are on the curb. The lights are packed up in the garage. Now it’s time to get to work. It’s time to get out of debt, find a new job, drop a dress size, run the marathon, give up the crack pipe.
Yes, my friends, ’tis the season in which we resolve to make our lives better.
Now, I realize that there are a lot of people who don’t like New Years resolutions. “I don’t need a date on the calendar to tell me when to start eating healthy or lose weight!”
And I suppose this explains why only about 45% of the population will make a New Year resolution this year, and why 88% of the people who do, will end up dropping that resolution before the year is over. Of course, we don’t like resolutions—we suck at keeping them.
We lack the willpower to follow through. And nobody likes having to live with a constant reminder that we won’t do what it takes to have the life we want to live.
Solution? Stop making resolutions.
But, the truth is, what arrives in our lives isn’t a result of some arbitrary accident. It’s a result of conscious effort. And conscious effort takes mindful intent, which begins with a clear goal. And, let’s face it, at the end of the day, a resolution is nothing more than a goal dressed up in fancier clothes.
Personally, I love New Year’s resolutions, or for that matter, any day that asks “how can I be a better person than I was yesterday?” And it doesn’t matter if that day falls on the first of January or the last day of August. It’s why we’re here on earth—to resolve to be a better person.
That is why we’re going to start the year off with a bang. We’re going to draw our line in the sand and not only make our resolutions, but keep them.
Rooms 183-200: Keep Your Resolutions:
One Room At A Time
The first thing you’re going to do is make a list of everything you want to do next year. And there is no resolution too small or too large to put down. Put everything you can imagine yourself doing or becoming on that list. The more the better.
And, yes, I’ve already made my own list. In fact, I have so many resolutions I need a spreadsheet to keep track of them.
Let it be known that 2013 is the year I want to become handy with a hammer, take control of my sock drawer, stop slurring my words, and, if I can dream a little, maybe even learn to open my lazy eye more (Yes…I’m the guy in the photo who always looks like the sun is in his eyes). And somewhere down the line, I’d like to incorporate some sort of bean into my life. I’m thinking lentil.
I know it doesn’t sound like much. Probably downright shallow. But, if it helps, I also want to break the thirty push up barrier, sleep more, work less and use better verbs. I aim to cut down on television, try kale, chew gum better, embrace the foreign film, and, God as my witness, help out in the kitchen more. I also want to enter a mud run, complete a marathon, and maybe even shave my head.
Of course, I have professional goals as well. I want to fold my writing business into The Other 999 Rooms, while expanding the current site in ways I’ve not even imagined. In the spring, I plan to launch a companion website to this one (stay tuned). In short, I want to walk through doors that scare the shit out of me, and in the process, find ways to be of service to others, while enriching my own life.
On a personal level, I want to eliminate stress, hear better, and find balance. I want to be braver, kinder, less aloof, more generous and caring. I want to notch up my contemplations and take time to daydream and Be. I want to slow down and focus on what’s important, ridding myself of the meaningless chaff that use to occupy my brain. I want to enjoy my family, follow my passions, and continue to make a living doing what I love to do. I seek health, abundance, and, most important, awareness.
And, yeah, I hear you—kale and awareness, both in the same year? It’s going to be a busy 2013.
And I know what else you’re probably thinking. There’s no way I can do all of that. Isn’t that how resolutions fail—too much on the plate. And, not being an expert, I’d half agree.
But, here’s the thing. I don’t need to do all of them, nor do you, no matter how long your list may be. We only need to embrace the one resolution that encompasses all of the others. We need to chase the one resolution that will lead us towards the things on our list we actually need to do.
And, what is this one resolution you ask?
Commit yourself to reinvention. Commit yourself to growing and evolving as a human being, to acknowledge that there is more to reality than that which we can see and touch.
But, here’s the challenge: reinvention takes work and vigilance. It also takes a special type of experimentation—one in which we seek out experiences that serve our quest to know thyself.
As Lao Tzu said, “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.”
And just how do we seek this special type of experimentation? Simple. One Room At A Time.
Yes, herein lies the real resolution for 2013: To come join The Other 999 Rooms on a journey to collectively uncover the mysteries of who we are and how we can bring meaning, joy and awareness into our life.
And, yes, even kale.
So, go ahead, write your resolutions down. Write them down with reckless abandon. Let your resolutions shout to the world that you are an open book, ready to reinvent your life.
Let your New Year’s resolutions shout to the world that 2013 is the year you will blossom, becoming exactly who you were meant to become.
Now, what do you say?
We’ll do it together…one room at a time.
I wish you all a happy & healthy New Year!
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