Three Resolutions to Kick Off The Passion Challenge 2015
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain
When one thinks about New Year’s resolutions, the obvious time-worn declarations come to mind: exercise more, eat healthier food, read more books, save more money, take up a hobby, earn a degree … the list is endless.
Yet if you want to seriously change up your personal and/or professional situation, and start living a passion-filled life, I propose a different set of New Year’s resolutions – three to be exact: be fierce, be fearless, be your own best friend.
If you want to get unstuck, be prepared to roll up your sleeves and work hard, really hard. Be laser-focused, and fierce, in your pursuit of a more passionate, purposeful life. Being fierce means fighting the twin tendencies of procrastination and taking short cuts. The good news is that the hard work necessary to tackle new challenges comes easily when you are doing something you enjoy.
Fear keeps us from making outlandish decisions like jumping off cliffs or swimming in icy arctic waters. But it is an emotion that also holds us back from making important mistakes that are the key to learning. As you start planning for 2015, ask yourself: “What’s the worse that can happen?”
An article in the December 29, 2014 issue of “Time” magazine titled “How to Make Your Resolution Stick” recommends that you shouldn’t create a backup plan. The author based the advice on recent research that found “people who were told to think up a Plan B were less likely to attain their main objective.” I strongly disagree with this. ALWAYS have a Plan B – you need a way to support yourself and stay healthy and happy as you transition to Plan A. With a Plan B, you eliminate the fear involved in achieving Plan A. My Passion Challenge is to write a book this year and become a motivational speaker, but you better believe I am not giving up my Plan B – my consulting and freelance writing business -- until I fully realize this goal. This eliminates the FEAR of failure. And failure is often the best teacher.
Be Your Own Best Friend
Make a resolution to stop doubting yourself, stop beating yourself up, stop regretting past mistakes. Enough already. There is enough negativity out in the world without you bringing it into your life. Look at the positives in EVERYTHING. Be nice to yourself. Encourage yourself. Love yourself. Be grateful for every single day. Be your own best friend.
Armed with these three resolutions, you are truly prepared for The Passion Challenge 2015. Let’s do this.
Dr. Lori Baker-Schena is the founder and chief executive officer of Baker Schena Communications, a firm dedicated to “Unleashing Your Potential Through the Power of Words.” We offer motivational speaking, leadership consulting and medical writing services. Find us at www.loribakerschena.com