“I’m going to go to the gym EVERY SINGLE DAY”
“I’m WILL perform “Single Ladies” on Karaoke night.”
“I’m finally going to lose that freshman 15.”
“I’m going to get back to a size 6 again before summer this year FOR SURE!”
“I will land (insert super important client name here) this year if it KILLS me!”
“I’m not touching a drop of alcohol until July 1st.”
Any of these sound familiar? New Year’s resolutions are a January ritual that we’re all guilty of making and sadly not always keeping. Trust me, I’ve made a million resolutions which were ultimately doomed.
I finally stopped when I read about a super cool theory on life as explained by Tony Robbins; Constant and Never Ending Improvement, or shortened to the acronym CANI… I always like to add the ? to the end of CANI just to keep myself on my toes.
The Japanese have a single word for the notion of constant and never-ending improvement; Kaizen. I’ve read that it actually translates simply as “improvement” and really isn’t that we’re all looking to accomplish when we make our New Years resolutions? It’s just that; improvement in one way, shape or form.
What I tell myself every December 31 is that I will improve in a bigger picture kind of way. Whether it’s work harder in the gym, maintain a more consistently clean diet, be a kinder, more philanthropic person, and of course, a more patient mother. That last bit I get a boat load of assistance from two particular individuals. They help me by testing my ability to be more patient on a daily basis. The point is that on any given day, one of those, or even several will be my focus. I want simply to do each task better than ever before.
I know that I’m a bit of a conversation downer on New Years when the inevitable question arises about what everyone’s resolutions will be. I always say that I hope to do whatever I set my mind to a little better this year. I always receive polite smiles with eyes glazed over before the conversation moves quickly to the next person around the table. I guess people want something concrete to hold on, to hope for, to plan for and more tangible to struggle with. Personally, I have found that with my broader overall goal for improvement I am left in a position for Constant and Never Ending SUCCESS!
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