It’s that time of year again. When you go to the gym and can’t find a parking space, and every single treadmill is taken. When everyone is packing their lunch and spending less money. When your airport people watching reveals travelers’ reading material as self-help books. Almost everyone is looking for a way to improve in the new year. The question is, can you actually stick to it? Sadly, by mid-January the gyms typically clear out, your co-workers are once again heading to the cubicle with fast food breakfast and Starbucks, and airports are filled with travelers flipping through the latest gossip magazine.
Three years ago, I decided to implement a mantra for the year, rather than an actual resolution that required a commitment, about which I would likely feel guilty if I couldn’t uphold.
My 2015 mantra was ‘Peaceful, Positive, Productive.’ I dubbed it Px3. In every situation, I tried to determine how Px3 was relevant. It helped me to see the good…to maintain a sense of calm…and to get things done.
In 2016, ‘Grace To Others’ was the mantra. I thought of the grace God shows us everyday. How He gives us the benefit of the doubt, even when we don’t deserve it. I figured, the least I could do is to consciously do the same to those around me.
And in 2017, I chose ‘Stronger From the Inside Out.’ I took that to the extreme on the physical side, and signed up for CrossFit. I made every effort to attend at least 3 classes a week. From the inside–spiritually, mentally, emotionally, I did everything I could to gain strength. It was the toughest mantra yet, but I believe I conquered it.
This year…2018…is the year of ‘Peace on Purpose.’ I am choosing peace in all circumstances and doing it with purpose. One of my favorite quotes is “If peace is really what you want, then you will choose peace.” In peace there is rest, and in rest there is true faith and belief that anything is possible. I’m also choosing to focus on a word, which is simply ‘focus.’ I’m leaving all distractions in 2017.
It’s a mindset that turns into a physical act– which ultimately shapes who I am becoming everyday, every year. While you resolve to lose the last 20 lbs, to travel more, or to stop biting your nails…whatever it may be…does it develop you as a better person? When you ring in 2019, will you have grown? Will you have taken steps toward a truly better you? If you haven’t thought about it, now is the perfect time to start fresh!