Reflections & Resolve

For the past month or so, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I should resolve to do in 2016. I always give myself one big Resolution each year. One statement that reminds me throughout each day about what my purpose is at this particular point in my timeline. I’m always hoping to grow and learn. But I’m easily distracted, and I’ve found that if I have some sort of goal that I’m keeping a focus on, I somehow stumble upon great things.

For 2015, my thing was to “Go Big”. Everything I did, I just went for it. I took risks at work that I never thought to attempt. I made new connections by putting myself out there in ways that are scary for introverted bookworms like me. I even took my kids on the biggest vacation of their lives — Disney World!

For 2016, I’m going to do this one simple, yet not-so-simple thing: Before every decision I make, I’m going to ask myself:

“Is this good for my soul?”

I still very much want to continue taking risks, trying new things, putting myself out there — but I want to have some REASON behind it.

I don’t want to be doing things just to see if I can. I don’t want to succeed just to win. I want to do things for the warm glow in my belly when I just know something is right. But I also want to be able to allow myself the freedom of turning away from the things I would normally agree to — just because I want so much to be an agreeable helpful person. I need to relearn the skills I’ve been using to assess and judge. I need to get to the heart of my every thought, action, and reaction.

“Is this good for my soul?”