Well, it has been a little more than a month since the day when many people commit themselves to some kind of New Year’s resolution.
How’s it going?
If you are like most, not particularly well.
I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Why? It seems to me that pegging my commitment to some date on the calendar exposes the fact that I really am not serious. After all, if I really wanted to change something in my life, why not start the process on the very day I decided it would be a good idea? Because, I must still want to hang onto my status quo just a bit longer, that’s why. Let’s get honest, right?
Formulas for change most often include some combination of a profound dissatisfaction with your current condition, a clear sense of the future state, all lashed together with a plan of action, usually involving manageable, rewarding steps.
I think there is another, often missing element – changing your routines.
We are creatures of habit. Settling into a routine – consciously or unconsciously – reduces risks and uncertainties, arguably leaving our energies focused on the less-routine things in our lives. But being a little disruptive – just like there are disruptive technologies or products that can rock an industry – conditions us to embrace change, often in areas we never imagined. We struggle to change the big stuff, but we can change our circumstances by varyin g our routines.
I moved to a new office this week and plan (weather permitting) to walk to it each day, rather than drive. I dragged my bass guitar out of the closet and am starting to practice again. I set my alarm for a different time than normal. I have downloaded some new apps. I am reading two books I never got around to reading before. I also am forging some new friendships with people who were never in my comfortable little circle until now. No big resolutions, just a willingness to embrace something different, something new. Out of the routine.
I don’t know where all that will lead, but it is bound to lead somewhere. Very likely somewhere better. Without all the struggle.
Have you thought about doing something different today?