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Forget Resolutions -- Craft a Life Theme Instead

It's like having a personal mission statement, updated annually

by Lisa Martin  |  3279 views  |  3 comments  |        Rate this now! 

Get Started. Once your life theme is clear, write it down. Put it where you will see it every day as a reminder of where you are heading this year. Tell loved ones, friends and colleagues what your life theme is. The more often you say it, the more real it will become. Every time you make a decision, large or small, put it through your life-theme filter. If your theme is "adventure and fun" perhaps you'll say "no" that new pair of shoes and "yes" to signing up for a rock climbing course.Ask yourself every morning when you wake up: "What can I do today to experience my life theme?"

The key to success is to be intentional with your thoughts and actions on a daily basis. By living intentionally and with purpose, you'll never feel the need to make another New Year's resolution again.

About the Author

Author of Briefcase Moms: 10 Proven Practices to Balance Working Mothers’ Lives, Lisa Martin is a sought-after expert and speaker on work-life balance issues.

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3 comments so far...

  • Great article! I'm all about "lifestyle changes" not resolutions, diets, or failed short-term plans. Thanks for the great tips!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by amcmoore on 15th January 2008

  • I really like your outlook on life, Lisa. Thanks for sharing this article with us. I guess my problem is finding time to recoup every day and remind myself of the over-arching purposes/values in my life.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane on 15th January 2008

  • This is an awesome alternative to resolutions! I always have a hard time trying to figure out just one or a few things that I want to change in the new year. It's so hard to figure out the few little things that will make life richer and fuller. I think that a life theme is the way to go. This way you can work on changing in a more general direction, and that can encompass some things that may be unforeseen when you come up with the theme in the first place.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by mamajama on 14th January 2008