I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions. They last only as long as my ADD is interested in them—a week, one, maybe two month’s max. But, since I’m huge on self-motivation, I decided to forgo resolutions to pick a yearly mantra instead. Remember when you were in high school and you had to pick a ‘theme’ for your story? A mantra is a theme for your life, something to follow, to explore, to expand upon. And since life changes, so do mantras.
My 2011 mantra was “What’s in it for me?” On the surface, that sounds selfish but it’s meant to be self-centering (in a good way!). It was a year to discover what I truly wanted, what was important to me and how outside influences and events related to that question. We do a lot of things without thinking of reasons or consequence. “What’s in it for me?” helped me narrow down my focus to target my answers and responses. And I’ll continue to ask myself that defining question in 2012. But 2012 is a new year, filled (already!) with new experiences and challenges, and it needs a mantra big enough to confront them. So, what’s in it for me in 2012?
It took all of 5 seconds on Facebook on January 1 to discover words prophetic enough to guide me through the year:
Hmmm . . .
Technology and our daily lifestyle have made us observers rather than participants. Toys and books now do the playing and the reading for our kids. Devices and appliances now do the work we used to have to use our bodies and brains to accomplish (not like this is a BAD thing! I love to be spoiled and don’t always have time to shred all those carrots myself.) And what do we do with all our extra time we’ve saved? Change the channels. Life has become a spectator sport instead of the active event it’s meant to be. We just sit back contentedly and let life happen . . . and then complain because we feel unsatisfied or are confused because we’ve lost control and focus. I’m guilty of this myself. Just yesterday I was musing to my daughter-in-law/co-worker how nice it would be to only have to put in my 9-to-5 hours and go home to HGTV. No stresses, no deadlines, no projects, no worries. And it took about two seconds for the full effect of that to sink in . . . I’d go crazy within a week! I need to be challenged. I’m an inherent procrastinator so I need to be pushed. I need to do it for myself (except that getting off the couch to actually, physically change the channel thing).
For the follow three All About Me Mondays, I’ll be addressing this year’s mantra in three different areas that need my active attention. I call them Healthy, Wealthy and Wise. I hope you’ll take the journey with me.
A big “Thank you!” to Diane Burton who reminded me of my January motivational workshops. This year, I needed one!
What are some of the things YOU need to address more actively this year?