The Right Brain Resolution Revolution
The New Year ... It's either a clean slate or the bitch of the blank canvas.
How you're going to fill the next 52 weeks can be either exhilarating or daunting. No matter which way you're leaning, I've got you covered with my next FREE challenge!
I've seen both sides of the resolution debate (who knew there could be so much debate over improving our lives!). People are either proclaiming why resolutions work and the adamant contrarians are chiming in to say they don't.
The truth isn't quite so binary.
When set properly, goals and resolutions set at the beginning of the year can work wonders. When arbitrarily proclaimed at midnight on Dec 31 with no plan to back them up, well, yeah, those resolutions barely make it past the late-night Uber ride home.
My favorite perspective on the year ahead - as recently seen floating around the internet - is to think about the new year as 365 opportunities!
2017 might have given you 365 ways to want to bang your head against the wall or 365 ways to open yourself up to possibilities or some ratio variation between the two.
But the big question remains, do you want to drift or do you want to surf in 2018?
Surfing means being bold and brave, paddling out over and over, riding some waves while also accidentally snorting some salt water (at least that's been my surfing experience).
Surfing is not a Disney ride carefully curated so you aren't inconvenienced, it requires your active participation, your strength, your resilience and once you figure it out, it creates self-efficacy. I.E. when you finally catch that wave, especially after multiple mouthfuls of salt water and arms that are too tired to even wave for help, DAYUM, you are proud. (Here's a picture of me, learning to surf on the world's tiniest wave in Maui, but feeling VERY proud).
Drifting is the opposite.
It requires no effort, it's not something you're particularly proud of when completing. It's basically just aimlessly floating and seeing where you end up. You might careen over a waterfall or drift into a tangled swamp.
There's nothing wrong with the occasional drift - I love serendipity, spontanaeity and a few unplanned adventures - but a lifetime of drifting can mean that your biggest accomplishment for 2018 will be binge watching the latest Netflix sensations rather than writing the book you've always wanted to put out into the world.
Achieving goals is a multi-step process. Most of us barely make it past step 1. Maybe we choose a word for the year, a mantra for the month or an affirmation for a day. We scribble out our resolutions on a cocktail napkin, proclaim them to a few friends in the 11th hour and that's about as far as the planning goes.
We make these resolutions without a back up plan for when our limbic system will inevitably derail our resolutions. We don't have a reward system in place to keep us motivated when life gets all "lifey" on us. Yet, the positive psychology research-backed tools you'll learn in the Right Brain Resolution Revolution can replace your default programming - making it much easier to stay on track (even when the track feels like a roller coaster from hell).
But It's hard to stay motivated year-round.
Only 8% of people who set resolutions achieve their resolutions. If you just spent all of December throwing every single good habit out the window, and your belly feels as bloated as your Visa bill and you are now fantasizing about a massive garage sale to get rid of the crap that you just brought into the house in the name of holiday cheer, you know that year-round motivation takes more than a word for the year. It takes true commitment.
Do you want to SET a goal or have MET a goal?
There's a big difference. Dreaming and doing are two vastly different things. First you have to dream (and we can unclog that part of you if it's been rusty for a while), but then you have to do. Action Jackson all the way.
There's a science to this. There's a method to the madness. And in the Right Brain Resolution Revolution, you will have the positive psychology pathways to flourishing at your fingertips.
All resolutions are welcome (not just right-brain ones!). Whether you're...
- wanting to lose weight
- get fit
- write a book
- learn to paint
- become fluent in a different language
- travel the world
- pay down debt
- save for your leer jet :)
- declutter your closet
- or simplify your life
you'll be able to apply the principles you learn in the challenge, count on the accountability from yours truly and get your epic sh*t done.
The Aim High statue from my high school, Cranbrook Kingswood....
I use the term right brain loosely, because we'll use our whole brains and our whole hearts to make 2018 something worth sharing with our future great grandkids.
As with all projects I do, this is a creative approach to resolutions and it's more about living a big life with no regrets and less about plotting progress in a spreadsheet.
It's a free challenge. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. It'll go from Dec 31-January 31 - twice weekly emails, a few spontaneous videos, a private FB group for support and all of the science-backed tools you'll need to make a dent in the universe rather than just your couch cushions. You'll also get quarterly check-ins from me to make sure you stay motivated all the way until the ball drops a year from now...