When was the last time New Year’s resolutions worked out for you?
If it’s been awhile (or never), that’s how I felt in 2011 when I decided to try something radically different than anything I’d ever planned thus far:
Instead of making grand plans destined to fail me, I made no plans.
I’d been reading a book that I had started and stopped several times over the span of five years. I first heard about Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert on The Oprah Winfrey Show. You may remember the buzz.
When I absorbed those first pages, I was married. Separation awaited me just around that corner. If you’ve read it, you’ll appreciate that this author was very much walking me though my own story as I entered into hers.
You might imagine that would compel me to consume it that much more ravenously. However, for me, it was too much. I was too raw.
The landscape around me became a revolving door of wardrobe change through both geography and men. The landscape inside me reciprocated those changes.
Finally, at the close of 2011, I was turning those dense pages again. It felt right to close the book with the year.
So I did.
And to celebrate, I watched the movie version starring Julia Roberts. I was Julia Roberts. This was my moment.
I traded grand ideas for something real. Instead of planning my next moment, I unwrapped the one I’d already been given. And I took that gift with me into the New Year.
Not to disillusion you, but 2012 was not the year that all my dreams came true. In fact, there was a lot of heartache that year. But something did change.
It was me.
I realized I could finish things. Even something as simple as a book. I don’t know where your story finds you this year. But I do know this: There’s POWER in finishing. In doing. In moving. It doesn’t have to be big.
Is there something you’ve put away for later? Any little thing. A picture, a poem, a phone call.
Do it before the ball drops.
Take a win into 2022. See where that winning momentum might take you.
There are five days left, and that’s just enough time to change your mind about how you do New Year’s. Expectations will fail you, but finishing won’t.
Any ideas? Surprise me. Show them off in the comments. I’d love to celebrate them with you.
You finished reading this. You can finish whatever you want. Finish small, finish often. YOU are a finisher. Tell yourself that. Take it with you.
Let’s celebrate what you’re ALREADY doing.
Happy New Year!