I am not one who makes New Year’s resolutions. I don’t believe in tying behavior change to a particular date unless there is a truly compelling reason (i.e. frequent flyer miles about to expire). Though this is naturally a time of year to reflect, for me, January 1st is not necessarily a date to make change.
Instead, I try to commit to change when I am inspired. And about a year and a half ago I was introduced to a concept that helps me put inspiration into action.
My friend Kik (“keek”, not “kick”) and I were away on a rare girls’ weekend. There is nothing like soaking in the company of someone you have known most of your life; sharing ideas, exploring new places, and not needing to explain yourself.
Kik shared with me the notion of having a journal where you could write down all of your audacious ideas, big and small, without regard to editing. This may not be new to others, but to me it novel. I always think of journals as writing down every emotion or daily drama, not having one solely for the purpose of things that Matter. This gave me pause. Still does.
When I got home from that trip, I got myself an Audacity Journal. I don’t write in it all the time. And all the ideas in it aren’t big. But it serves as a place for me to be accountable to myself for the things I want in my life. To be BOLD.
It usually starts as a simple topic, usually one that feels scary or outside my comfort zone, and gives me space to tease it out… and frequently to acknowledge my trepidation. So far, everything I have put in there I have followed up on. That isn’t a prerequisite, and I can’t promise it will always be the case, but for now, wow, what a catalyst it’s been…
So if anyone asks me if I have any resolutions for 2011, the answer is no. But I know that I will continue to use my Audacity Journal to percolate new ideas, pursue new interests or change ways of thinking. It just doesn’t (necessarily) need to be tied to a date.
Thanks, Kik. I guess I can’t hide from myself anymore…