My Resolution for 2015–Reboot

Resolution-Ann About TownWith the start of every new year, the tradition of creating resolutions begins; to review the past, to see what has worked and what needs work, and to put pen to paper and create a path for the coming year.

Making Resolutions

The whole idea of making resolutions goes along with the definition of the word itself (according to Merriam-Webster). In the last few years, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of choosing a word or a few words to help define what I want for the coming year, in addition to my resolutions.

In looking back, I find that my resolutions have been almost the same thing each year. I bet that you can find these same words on almost everyone else’s list too!

  • Lose Weight
  • Read More
  • Spend Quality Time with Family & Friends
  • Create More Success in my Business(es)

And I think that for each item on this list, there is a valid and simple plan I need to follow, in order to achieve what I want. The problem that I, and many others, may have is that it all looks and sounds good on paper; but putting these plans into action, making them fit into an everyday life, is not as simple as it may seem.

What causes the drop-off from following my plan is not the difficulties in front of me, because they are there whether I move forward or not. It’s something else; something that I think everyone can identify with.

I’ve been thinking about what word I want to represent 2015 and my path for the coming year. I found it several weeks ago; but it took me until January 2nd to find out why–which may sound odd; but what good is a word, a map or a destination without a reason why?  [Tweet “What good is a word, a map or a destination without a reason why?”]

Opening My Eyes

Resolution for 2015On January 2, I was reading (affiliate link) The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo. It’s about opening your eyes and really seeing what’s in front of you.

The story was about a man who wanted to paint his family room. He went out and bought all the supplies he needed to get the job done; and then picked everything up to take it into the house to begin.

He picked up the paint cans, the drop cloths, brushes and mixing sticks, all at once and tried to walk in the door. He ended up on the ground, with paint all over–he was too stubborn to put anything down, to make that one extra trip, in order to complete his task.

What Mark Nepo said opened my eyes and my heart:

“Time and again, we are offered the chance to truly learn this: We cannot hold onto things and enter. We must put down what we carry, open the door, and then take up only what we need to bring inside.”

And so after all of these words and explanations, my word for 2015 is Reboot.

I don’t just want to start over; I want to set down the old programming and ideas that have been holding me back. To start fresh, to reboot, to give myself a clean slate to write on, a new door to go through.

Welcome to 2015!


  1. May 2015 be your best year yet. 🙂

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