An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions List

Wherever you are in the world, I bet you’re counting the days to the new year and feeling excited about 2022! Despite the many struggles this year, we still have a reason to be hopeful, don’t we?

Hmm, new year’s resolution- – you thought hard about it and remembered what you had on your list when this year started. Did you stay true to your word?

In the past, I have joined most people who make a list of new year’s resolutions. My impression was that, people who keep a resolutions list make more positive changes in life. I believe most do. 

Unfortunately, the list doesn’t work for me. But, since I want to be intentional and keep things less structured for the new year, I decided to have a guiding word.

Ally Bean, just reminded me of this in her post “On The Nose: Contemplating My Goals & Word Of The Year For 2022”.

In 2021, my guiding word was “DARE.” And dare I did! From completing an NLP certification course to writing my first book (now on its way to publishing), I’d say I “braved the storm.”

There are a lot of small wins between those two events. Thanks to my guiding word, every decision I made went through one simple question every time I felt a bit unsure, “Dare?”

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Keeping this word in mind made things simple. The activities I’ve signed up for took courage and guts, but it fed my curiosity and gave me a lot of satisfaction in the end.

Suddenly, my choices weren’t anymore tied to a list, instead, these were sparked by intuition. Whenever I recall my guiding word, my mind lights up, and intense energy rushes through my body making me move.

For 2022, I thought of “Resourceful” to be my new word. It’s the primary thing I’d like to be intentional about. Why? Because this year, I realized that I’ve relatively been careless in using my limited time, talent and treasure, and I want to change that going forward. As an added benefit, “Resourceful” perfectly aligns with the minimalist lifestyle I’ve been trying to adopt.

So, what would be your guiding or go-to word for 2022? If you are “not-of-a-planner” like me or unable to keep new year’s resolution based on past experiences, having this one word might do wonders for you

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can’t do.

Dennis Waitley

One word or not, why do we need a new year’s resolution? Well, I believe onward and upward we must go. And as we do, we keep in mind that life becomes more satisfying and meaningful when we’re “really in it.”. That means,

We show up with our highest intention and do what needs to be done in any situation- — without attaching ourselves to a specific outcome. That way, we enjoy every part and aspect of our journey— not regretting nor resisting. 


Whatever your one word is or will be, I wish you choose that which sparks an incredible amount of inspiration in you whenever you think about it. So think about that now and make your choice.

Oh, and happy new year, my dearest friend! I thought about you!

4 thoughts on “An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions List”

  1. Thanks for the shoutout. I appreciate it. I like your Word of the Year and know it’ll serve you well. I like the Dennis Waitley quote. Ain’t it the truth! Happy New Year 🥂

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