6 changes – the kick-off
Alongside my intentions for the year, I’ve decided to implement six changes in my life – one every two months. I’ve attempted a version of this before based on Jack Canfield’s suggestions in The Success Principles. Ahem. I didn’t do so well.
So this time I’m going public. I’ll start each one on the first day of every other month – so by the end of 2010, they will all – hopefully – be fully integrated into my life.Find more info and inspiration here if you’d like to join me.
Here are my 6 changes – new daily habits – in no particular order.
Meditate (20+ minutes)
Read (20+ minutes)
Write (20+ minutes)
Exercise (30+ minutes)
Floss my teeth
Dance/Create (this one isn’t totally clear yet. Do I want to make sure I put music on and move to it every day or do I want to create something, somehow, in my life every day?)
I’ve chosen a minimum of 20 minutes because it feels do-able. I worked with a great success coach off and on this past year who is an advocate of chunking time into 15 minute increments. I like the feel of 20 better – it gives me more time to settle in to what I’m doing but is still short enough that in a busy day, I can clear the space for it. Plus when I learned to meditate it was 20 minutes twice a day (with an extra 30 seconds at the front end and 2 minutes at the end) so that’s what works for me. Maybe in 2011 I’ll get two daily meditations in. Maybe.
I’ve chosen meditation first because I strongly feel the lack of it. I’ve found a time that I can consistently commit to in my daily (very unscheduled) life. It’s not the ideal time, but it’s a practical one. Which means I have a chance of making it work. It’s day 2 and so far, so good.
If all I do this year is make these 6 changes stick, it’s going to be an incredible year. I’ll be posting (quick) updates here to maintain accountability. Let me know if you want to join in by leaving a comment or tweeting me. I’ll do this alone if I have to, but I’d much rather have community. So here’s to a new year, to growth, to change. Here’s to the leap of faith, to believing “I can” even when the past would indicate “I can’t”. Here’s to choosing the lives of our dreams and then allowing them to unfold.