“Ditch the resolutions. To resolve means to find a solution to a problem. You are not a problem.” – Danielle Doby
Read on for this month’s roundup – including more positive, actionable, and effective ways to frame your New Year’s “resolutions”.
Wishing you a January where you back your boldest aspirations with intentional action.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.“
– Anais Nin
Choose Courage Over Confidence.
I’ve been reading Harvard Business Review for my entire career. Many of the tools and insights I use with my clients come from this platform. Why? Because of the editorial rigor, research-driven insights, and the actionability of the articles.
Unique perspectives that are relevant, practical, applicable, and data-driven = bullseye!
Having an article published by Harvard Business Review is a dream. Finding out that “Choose Courage Over Confidence” was featured as the most popular article on HBR’s platform is such an honor. Take a read and go live courageously! https://hbr.org/2022/12/
Happiness expert – Arthur C. Brooks – shared that many people view life as a blank canvas and we need to keep adding to it to find happiness (more cars, houses, achievements, possessions etc.).
By contrast, some Eastern cultures view life as a stone, a piece of jade, and to reveal its beauty all we need to do is chip away at it.
Brooks’ research has shown that a happy life is cultivated by elimination. In 2023, what can you give up to create space for what is really important? Check out his great insights here: https://www.amazon.com/
One Tool, Technique or Tactic To Try
A better way to Vision Board
While setting goals and/or building a vision board for your year can be helpful in creating clarity around your aspirations, aspirations without action are futile.
I always ask my clients: Do your actions match your aspirations? If not, let’s close the gap. Try this 3-step process to achieve better results:
1. Aspirations – What are my aspirations? (remember to be bold)
2. Actions – What intentional actions am I going to commit to in order to make progress towards achieving my aspirations? (be as specific as possible)
3. Outcomes – How will I track my progress? (remember to measure what matters and track incremental improvements – they will add up over time)
It is time to back your boldest aspirations with intentional action!
Ask yourself: What am I willing to work hard for?
Too often we focus on making vision boards and goals based on what we want our lives, bodies, homes, careers, possessions, and relationships to look like.
We ask ourselves: What do I want? What are my goals?
A better question is: What am I willing to work hard for?
A fulfilling career, a sustained and meaningful relationship, a fit and healthy body and mind, a close family… none of these come without hard work. What are you willing to work hard for in 2023?
Let’s go live boldly!