New Year’s Resolutions are simply SMART goals which haven’t been made into DUMB goals. For me, 2013 is the year of Renewal. What is your theme for 2013?
Why have a theme?
Themes Provide Focus
It’s the nature of life to be scatterbrained. We’re faced with information overload on a daily basis – information that may or may not be related to the last bit of information which we received. Look at Facebook, for example – when you’re looking at your friend’s list, they are talking about everything under the sun. Having a theme for the year provides a focus – a tree for you to hang everything on.
Themes Are Mantras
Mantra, according to Wikipedia, is a sound, syllable, or group of words capable of creating transformation. I consider the theme of the year to be a neat package representing all of the goals, thoughts, and ideas that I have for the coming year. Renewal is an abbreviation for the year long task.
Themes Are Meaningful
One might say that creating a theme for the year is like adding your own personal interpretation to the language. You know how there are some words which are more charged than others? Creating a theme out of it is personally charging and transforming a word into (sometimes) something greater than it entails.
Themes Are Easily Remembered
Remember that lack of focus? I figure, though, that I can remember a single word. I can remember a single word which has been infused with all types of ideas, and through the remembrance of that word and those ideas, the whole thing will be reinforced. Life is a journey and there are several things which I wish to accomplish. I can remember the word ‘renewal’ when it may not be so easy to remember to do all of the DUMB goals surrounding it.
Examples of Themes
To me, renewal means focusing on things which were dormant or in hibernation. I have many friends and acquaintances that I haven’t talked to in a while – whether it be through Facebook, the MUCKs, or in other places.
I am looking at my businesses, as well. You see, I am an idea person. I come up with ideas all the time, and don’t seem to have time to follow through on them. Just because I had the ideas in the past does not mean that the ideas aren’t valid. This means that instead of coming up with new business models and ideas, I will stick with the old ones and see them through.
When it comes to my love relationship, there were certain aspects of my personality that he fell in love with. I smiled a lot more when our relationship first began. I was a lot more content with the world. It was another time with different circumstances, but I want to renew that joie de vivre that I once had.
We’ve all made mistakes in life. There are some who have made more mistakes than others over the years and they have cultivated a bad reputation, bad karma, and have generally worked themselves into a bad situation. The redemption theme would focus on making it right, correcting all of those past mistakes and doing your best not to make those mistakes again. This coming year provides a chance to prove to yourself that you can do it and that you can make it happen the way that it *should* be.
Your activities for this year will be focused on wealth and wealth creation. You might have had troubles with your money situation or it may be a case of your not having enough. This is going to be the year that you correct that, the year that you become financially stable and you plan to sieze the day when it comes to wealth generation opportunities. All of your goals for this year center around that.
You have seen that you’re not as healthy as you used to be, and you need to change that. You might have noticed that you can’t see as well, or that you’re getting a bit larger around the tummy or that you’re getting weaker. Health is often more important than wealth, because while you can live without money, the quality of your life really sucks without having health. Your goals for this year might center around that.
Perhaps you haven’t had the love that you want to have in life. This is the year that you look outward and make those social connections and find that person who makes your world soar. Maybe, you want to learn to love yourself a little bit more. It could be something broader a love of the world or the people around you.
You love the surge that you get from giving, the feeling of helping other people out in their time of need. You might not have capitalized on all of the opportunities to help people, and you might want to give more of you to the rest of the world. Selflessness is an admirable trait, one which few people have and espouse. These goals would revolve around charity, giving, and other thoughts.
Your theme might be different. You might have something on your list that I haven’t thought of, and that’s fine. You can achieve anything that you wish to achieve if you put your mind to it.
I’d love to hear about your goals and your theme for 2013.