I’ve been using yearly themes for the last three years. In place of a resolution(s), these seem to allow flexibility to explore, fail and learn. A resolution is binary, do or do not, and seems to set one up for failure. At least in my experience.
2021 - The year of Forming
Here’s some definitions of Form/Forming and some thoughts I have on the theme.
to take on a definite form
- Can I clearly state my creative & habit processes and the outcomes (not the output)? I’d like to establish a trusted system for each.
to be all the substance of
- The reason I liked “hypothesis” as a candidate for my yearly theme is that it requires a test and learn. That’s the substence. Bring whatever into the process and get results (outcomes), revise, repeat.
to bring into being by combining, shaping, or transforming materials
- This is Creativity, Idea generation, and Habit Change, isn’t it? Rethink what you already have - combine in new ways.
to come into existence
- Related to me being OK with taking up space, being fully present
to come to have gradually
- It’s a marathon not a sprint. I am going to stumble, fall and get back on track over and over. What did I learn? That’s the outcome(s)
By focusing on Forming, I hope to achieve these outcomes:
- Mental Health: Form a regularly scheduled meditation practice.
- Spiritual Health: Form a regularly scheduled creativity practice. Hike more often, get outside more and closer to nature.
- Physical Health: Be on track for my 50th birthday weight goal for 2022.
- Financial Health: Explore more lines of thinking on financial strategies.
The folks behind the podcast Cortex have great insight into yearly themes. I think I picked up this idea from them.