Recently, I was writing a guest blog piece on how to keep yourself motivated during the holidays and into the new year. I shared my thoughts about New Year’s Resolutions from the vantage point of understanding the full power of our word. In my book, The Invitation to Love, in a section entitled Covenant, I talk about the power of our word, and if we cannot keep our word with ourselves how do we expect to keep our word fully with someone else.
What I shared for the blog, that I did not share in the book, is that our relationship with our word, should be seen like a relationship with our best friend. Meaning, if you want to know how to keep your New Year’s Resolutions? –start seeing yourself as your own best friends. If we asked 100 people if they feel it is OK to lie to their best friend, I would say it would be safe to say the vast majority would say no, and do so emphatically, yet, each day, we do just that, we lie to our best friend: ourselves.
We lie and say we will get up today and go to the gym, we lie and say today I will do better managing my finances, we lie and say today I will apply for that promotion….how fascinating tothink, that if we lied to our friends as much as we lied to ourselves, I am sure the world would be a lonelier place for each of us.
So how do we keep our resolutions? We first start by finding the resolve to be our own best friend, we start by redeveloping our relationship with ourselves, and in doing so we begin to honor the full power of our word. 2016’s greatness is in direct correlation with our ability to be courageous and honest with others and more importantly ourselves.
May the year ahead be the best one yet.