Beginnings...bring a different energy!
I love the start of a new year. There's something exhilarating about a fresh start and a clean slate: a new calendar, writing the number 1, and re-training the brain to write a '16 instead of a '15 on checks (if you still write checks).
In the sport of swimming, teams are often at training camp over the New Year's holiday. We started a tradition of sitting down as a team and thinking about an intention for the year. Since we were training hard and the team was pretty tired, I didn't want to add another serious "goal" to their plate..like coming up with a bunch of resolutions. I wanted something more fun...more powerful...more meaningful.
There's nothing wrong with setting a new year's resolution. It's great to work towards things you want to change and set goals to get there. For me, they just never really worked.
Resolutions bring out perfectionist tendencies - leaving lots of room to fall short and end up feeling guilty. By the end of January a pretty good "not good enough" hangover has kicked in. Bad habits return and along with the familiar shoulder shrug..."oh well" attitude.Read More