Many of us have good intentions toward making the new year the best one yet.
We make resolutions. Create goals.
And that’s a good thing.
I’m a big proponent of “tiny little bits,” and have offered lots of advice about how to divide and conquer your way to achievement.
But as I get older, I’ve found that doing one exercise at the beginning of the year helps me all year long. It’s little device that keeps me on track, and helps me sleep at night.
It’s my personal acronym for success.
Here’s how it looks for 2011: WEALTH
Work on fiction writing
Tenacity in marketing career
1) Work on fiction writing. Joy rains down on me when I can spend time writing stories. Last year, I was accepted into the Stanford Writer’s Studio and have been at work on a novel. This is my commitment to a future, permanent phase of my life, and I’m putting in the time now to get me where I eventually want to be. That means sitting my butt in the chair every single day to work on the book.
2) Exercise. Pretty self-explanatory. Walking the dog twice a day (perfect time for meditation) and a minimum of 30 minutes a day on some kind of exercise that will keep me as fit as possible for the years to come.
3) Awareness. Taking cues from the Dali Lama, being more and more aware of the things that surround me and touch my life. Before taking a bite of my breakfast in the morning, meditating for a moment on all it took to get it on my table – right down to the planting of the seed that ends up as the strawberry in my bowl.
4) Love. For family, friends, and colleagues.
5) Tenacity in marketing career. Caring for clients, students, and blog readers in ways that will help them experience success, and will place me as the “go-to” advisor through books, presentations, and workshops.
6) Healthy eating. Less refined, more whole foods. (Why, oh why, can’t chocolate be part of the food pyramid?)
Each morning, while walking the dog, I review my acronym to see if I will cover each of my intentions on that day. This way, I can start out feeling that my day (and life) will be balanced.
Each evening, I review the acronym in my mind and weigh it against what I accomplished.
- Did I work on my fiction writing, even if it was scribbling for 15 minutes while waiting for the dentist?
- Did I get some exercise in?
- Did I take one moment during the day and work on my awareness of the present moment?
- Did I spread some genuine love around? Drop an email to an old friend? Check in on the neighbor who just lost her husband?
- Did I touch my marketing career in a way that not only helps me, but helps others?
- Did I refrain from eating too many chocolate chip cookies?
If I can say to myself that yes, I did something in each category that day that made a difference, I can tell the rest of the world to go to hell and can sleep well at night.
Try this exercise yourself. What acronym can you come up with, and what would the letters stand for? I’d love to see what you come up with. Put your acronym in the comments below with a brief explanation, and you could win a FREE copy of my new book (out today!), Unzipped: A Portable Guide to the Anatomy of the Female Customer.
Here’s to a fantastic 2011.