Remember that bit on the Colbert Report - The Word? What if you just said "no" to making yet another list of soon-to-be-forgotten New Years resolutions? What if instead you chose a word (or words) to help guide you through your year?
Seems easy enough and it really is. In fact, I have been doing this for several years now with great success. One year, my word was Friendship. Another year, it was Simplify. Last year, it was Persevere. These words have proven to be good guides and touch-points when things aren't going according to plan or I need a reminder about what matters most. On many occasions, they have become mantras of sorts - words that I repeat, think about and apply to the situation at hand.
This year, my word is Gratitude. I really have so much for which I am grateful - a healthy body, good friends, a supportive family and rewarding work. And need I mention all the amazing running trails that help connect me with both the beauty of Colorado and myself?
So when negative or unproductive self-talk enters my head, I think about my word and how it relates to what is happening in the moment. It is grounding. It is calming. It is centering. And it is a whole lot easier than remembering a list of goofy resolutions that likely will be quickly set aside in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
Happy New Year, Right Starters!