First off, happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed the festivities and the firework display wherever you are. It is always a unique feeling living in Australia when we are about to enter into the New Year as we are one of the first countries to usher in a New Year. I spent most of my time reflecting on 2015 – the ups, downs and the experiences – and thinking of some of the things I want to achieve this year. I am not one for New Year’s resolutions as I generally don’t stick to them, and they don’t make much sense to me from a growth perspective.
I decided that I would set some intentions for the year, choose a word and a phrase to guide my actions. My chosen word for 2016 is devotion, and my mantra to go with this is “be present in love and devotion”. I want to be devoted to everything I want to achieve no matter the speed bumps I encounter along the way. I want to always be present and show up. Every.Single.Time. Being present will also enable me to practice gratitude on a daily basis.
Devotion [pronounced dih-voh-shuh n]: the fact or state of being ardently dedicated and loyal.
“The secret to success of any kind is in the devotion. Devotion is different than hardworking. It’s totally separate from disciplined. It’s such an intense loyalty that it has to be born from something else entirely: love” – Maxie McCoy
I have set myself a number of goals that I really want to achieve this year. Some of them are building up on the goals I achieved last year, while some of the others are stretch goals. I know that there will be difficult times, and times where I lack the motivation and willpower to do anything. This is where devotion comes into play.
While reflecting on 2015, one thing that stood out for me was that I spent a lot of time caring for everyone else but myself. I burnt myself out towards the end of the year and it’s taken me a while to recover from that (in fact, I’m still in recovery mode). So this year, love will be playing a significant role in everything I do. I want to put more emphasis on my self-love, and surrounding myself with things, activities, and the people that bring me the utmost joy.
Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions or selecting words/mantras to guide you? Feel free to share in the comments section below. I look forward to reading them.