OK I admit it…I love themes. When I plan a party, there’s always a “theme” to it. When I watch a movie or read a book, I am always looking the underlying theme or message that the author or playwright is trying to convey…because there is always a theme. It’s the glue that unifies and ties everything together.
I have never been a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions because most of the time I think people make them for the wrong reasons. In other words, many people make resolutions because they think they should, rather than because they are seriously motivated to make changes or set goals.
Resolutions tend to be associated with deprivation or sacrifice (dieting, not doing something you enjoy, etc) and it makes keeping them very difficult.
So I would suggest before you start making all of these resolutions, that you first come up with a theme for your 2010. Perhaps it’s organization, maybe you need to focus more or commit to a plan of action. For me in 2010, my overall theme this year is consistency.
So now that I have a theme, I can start putting specific goals in place, benchmarks to measure my progress and evaluate if I am living up to the theme I have set in place.
Am I consistently doing the things I need to do to reach the goals I have set for myself? And if I’m not…what am I going to do to get myself back on track?
If your theme is focus, are you focusing on your goals or continually getting sidetracked by “bright, shiny object” syndrome?
What is your theme for 2010 and how will you hold yourself accountable?