I have found myself unusually resistant to the idea of creating New Year's "resolutions" this year, and it took a conversation with a coaching client today for me to understand my opposition.
There was something dutiful and firm and ...well, resolute .... in her voice as she outlined her resolutions for 2007. The work sounded onerous!
And suddenly it hit me.
A Resolution springs from a place of being at war - of having to conquer and overcome the Self with its inherent "laziness", "ignorance" or inertia. Kind of like expecting a running stream to magically divert itself from a low-resistant course carved over years, and hew a new path against gravity over the top of a rock!
So what word would be a better substitute?
The one I landed on was "intention" with a particular Webster's definition of "clearer formulation or greater deliberateness". I love the idea of greater clarity and of deliberation. What immediately sprang to mind was the image of an intention gently but firmly inserting itself into the flow of my being and my mind and slowly wearing away at the rock of my resistance, allowing change to become an organic process from the inside out. No longer an rough and rigorous intruder, but a welcome light-hearted companion.
It may seem somewhat semantic to be playing with these words, but it's the different sensibility that really appealed to me. Instead of trying to force ourselves into new behaviors, how much more palatable would it be to create mental images of ourselves achieving our desired results, thereby "reprogramming" our brains to develop a higher awareness of how we make choices, or a better recognition of opportunities that might arise to help us succeed? This is what champion athletes do, with their pre-game or pre-event mental rehearsals.
Here then are my intentions for 2007 (and I'm busy rehearsing my experience of getting the desired results while I write!):
- I intend to help make your path to entrepreneurship as well-informed as I am able.
- I intend to keep my eyes and ears attuned to your needs, as my physician audience that is hungry to feel engaged, appreciated and creative at work.
- I intend to continue having a much fun as I can building my business and enjoying my work.
- I intend to find ways to leverage my use of time, to reach and impact the lives of more people with less effort.
- I intend to learn as much as I learned in 2006 (which was a LOT), because I love how I feel when I have mastered a new skill.
- I intend to take even more risks, and act with boldness.
I'd love to hear your take on Resolutions, and if you have any special Intentions!