New Years is almost here!
I am so stinking excited. New Years is my favorite time of the year.
I love the possibilities that come with a fresh year. Getting to start over and have a new chance to create a life I'm in love with. There's just something so exciting and magical about getting a new start.
And then there's the resolutions!
I love making New Years resolutions.
Ditching the Old
I've always seen New Year's resolutions, as many of us probably do, as a chance to let go of all the things that are holding me back.
I typically center my resolutions around what I no longer want to focus on, what things are no longer serving me, and what I want to remove from my life.
And that's what most of us do, isn't it?
We resolve to cut this out, or stop doing this, or quit that habit.
We start the year focusing on what we don't want to do.
But when we go about our resolutions in that way, I feel that we are setting ourselves up for failure before we even get started.
If you're focusing on what you want to cut out of your life, it's still getting your attention. Constantly having to remind yourself not to do something means you are still focusing on it, you are still spending energy on the things you want to remove from you life.
Which means they aren't gone from your life. They're still there, just in a different way.
And let's say, for example, it's a habit you're trying to break. If you're still always thinking about it, you're much more likely to do it again.
So this year, instead of centering our resolutions on what we want to remove, I propose that we put our focus on what we want to add to our lives this year.
A Resolution for More
At first it kinda seems counter-intuitive.
As minimalists, we are usually striving for less. We want fewer possessions, fewer time obligations, fewer distractions.
But all that less is to help us have more of the things that matter to us.
Downsizing and simplifying our lives is just a tool to allow us the room to create a life we love.
So, as you make your resolutions for this year, think about what kind of life you want to be living. What do you want more of in your life? More time with family? More rest? More beautiful experiences?
Focus on what you want your life to look like, and choose resolutions that reflect that.
If you go into the new year focusing on what you want to add to your life, what you want more of, that automatically takes attention and energy away from the things you want less of.
New Year, New You
And while we're taking the time to focus on what kind of lives we want to be living, let's also think about who we want to be.
We all grow and change, that's part of life.
New Years is a great time to spark new growth in your life or change your direction.
Who do you want to be? Get really clear with yourself about that. Because once you know where you want to be heading, you can make resolutions and choices to help get you there.
As you simplify this year continue on your journey towards minimalism, I hope you begin to shift your focus towards adding more of what you love into your life.
Let's make this next year a year of more.
So tell me, what are you resolving to have more of in your life?