010914-blogJanuary 1 arrives shiny and new with, for most Americans, a fistful of resolutions. Things we vow we will do this year, willpower we will enact, resolutions that will NOT be broken…. Until they are.

How long does it take you to break your resolutions? A week? A month? Or, like me, just a few days? If you are one of those rare people that never breaks a lofty resolution, don’t read any further.. what I’m about to suggest just isn’t for you.

Everybody else – give yourself permission to stop the madness right now. Let go of all your resolutions that never succeeded, and the ones you are currently struggling to maintain. Let go of beating yourself up for lack of willpower. Willpower always gives out eventually.

I’ve never met anyone who built a 6-figure business, maintained a permanent weight loss or created a life of joy and happiness using willpower.

I’m not encouraging you to ignore this perfect landmark of a new year. Instead, I’m suggesting that we replace our resolutions with something much more powerful and motivating. Something that fuels the vision of your perfect businesses, your outstanding life, your great contributions to the world.

This year, why not set an intention, a theme, a name for your year instead? I’ve done this for a number of years with really awesome results. My Year of Celebration started with my unexpected engagement, the births of my first two grandbabies, and a super fun, beach wedding followed by a Mexican Fiesta celebration. My year of Profitable Play was when I learned to loosen up and really have fun with my coaching practice – which resulted in happier, more successful clients and a significant increase in my income.

Naming your year provides a framework for your mindset and can be used to guide your decisions. More important, it focuses you on the things that really matter. And it lets the universe know exactly what you want.

As W.H. Murray, a member of the second Himalayan Expedition, said “… the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meeting and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.”

After all, you wouldn’t walk into a great restaurant, carefully peruse the menu, and then proclaim to the waiter, “Bring me something good to eat!”

In this first month of your brand new year, take a deep breath. Think about what you want to say about 2014 on January 1, 2015.  Then choose your theme.

I’m in the middle of finalizing my theme now and I’ll let you know what I’ve committed to at the Kickstart 2014: Business Mindset Makeover. I can promise you it will be KICKASS! (hint, hint)

Please share your themes with us here.