Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Not Your Typical Resolution – 6 Sources of Inspiration

By: Vanessa, author of www.daremytruth.com a quarter century quest.  

I have to be honest with you, in years past I didn’t put too much thought into New Year’s Resolutions and if I bothered to come up with one at all, it was half-ass and I didn’t stick to it (i.e. do something active 3 times a week).  It was probably because it wasn’t the right resolution for me to make. 

Resolution-speak can be pretty cliché this time of year, but the concept of taking the time to set goals and to improve at least one aspect of your life from last year before is pretty awesome. 

Define your goal in specific terms, it will be easier to communicate what you want to yourself, to others and to the universe. While I’m still a bit sceptical about the universe concept (“speak to it, and it will speak to you”), I have seen it in action. The clearer you are, the better results you’ll get from the universe via serendipity, laws of attraction, luck or whatever you want to call it.  

I had a really tough time figuring out what I wanted, so I went on a quest for inspiration and came across 6 sources that you can easily consume in the next week, in order to develop a meaningful resolution:   

1. Watch: Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech (YouTube) 
One of the best innovators and marketers in history, Steve talks about how “Staying Hungry and Foolish” led him down the path of success. If you haven’t seen it, it’s 15-20 minutes and you can watch it while washing up for bed on your lap top (multi-tasking is key).  

2. Watch: JK Rowlings Harvard Commencement Speech (YouTube)
From rags to riches and one of the most creative writers out there, her franchise is held near and dear to the hearts of money. In her articulate, from the heart speech, she talks about the importance of failure, among other things. 

3. Rent/Buy: One Week
“Baby It’s Cold Outside” so cozy up for a “movie night in” with this movie that begs the question: “would you continue to lead the life you’re living if you were diagnosed with Cancer?” The film making and acting are great, it isn’t sappy or formulaic and focuses on Ben's (Joshua Jackson) personal quest. Warning: may stir up emotion and cause self reflection. Oh and it’s Canadian, eh?

4. Read: The Alchemist - 10th Anniversary Edition
Fact: this was one of the most cited answers on male eHarmony profiles to the question: “what is your favourite book?” So I had to pick it up.  Very simple, yet imaginative storytelling about a shepherd on a quest for a personal legend, in which beginner’s luck, omens and a final obstacle come into play. I normally don’t like “mystical” books or ones with male protagonists, but I loved the message and it was a quick read.  

5. Reflect: on the daily prompt posed by #reverb10 
#reverb10 is a twitter movement, with established authors providing a “question of the day” to reflect on for the month of December. The goal is to reflect on the year that passed and manifest what is next. Tons of bloggers are involved, but I think the questions are valid for all. 

6. Visit: Homesense and Bouclair 
Cleaning up your space can be very therapeutic and give you a sense of accomplishment. Combining that with some decor tweaking can transform your space into one that makes you feel positive and inspired, which is the perfect mindset for goal setting. I am a serious addict in need of 12 steps when it comes to these stores, since they have such affordable, useful and fresh design items.  

Take notes along the way and listen to what comes up. Then, when you are ready, take an hour to write down a personal vision in terms of what a perfect day looks like 5 years from now. Work your way back to a yearly plan of attack and you will arrive at your 2011 resolution (1-3 tops).   

Do you have any inspirational sources to share? Leave it in the comments!

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