For many years now, I have thrown away the concept of the traditional New Year’s Resolution. In its place I have used themes that guide me through the year. These themes are not specific destinations or goals, but are rather guideposts that help me make smart decisions. In using this approach, I become more “present moment” focused (goals are future-focused). This increases my happiness. And equally important, it allows for opportunities to emerge that might be hidden using a traditional goal-setting approach.
If you want to learn more about creating New Year’s Themes, be sure to read my popular article on “Making Resolutions That Work” (a variation of it appeared in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year).
You may also be interested in some fascinating statistics on New Year’s Resolutions. It is truly amazing how unsuccessful people are with their New Year’s Resolution setting.
Happy New Year. May 2012 be your best year ever!