We’re only 13 days from the end of the year (and decade?), so resolution season is gearing up. Naturally, I’d like to do a 180 away from that. If you’re thinking about your 2019, here’s a little exercise you can try. Let’s call it the SRM Review.
Simple: Describe the single most important action that you took this year. What was the core idea behind that action? (and how did it turn out?)
Repeatable: What action did you take the most and why did that become a habit or system that you were willing to do with frequency?
Meaningful: What action or work project or lifestyle change did you develop a deep appreciation for?
The answers to these questions don’t have to be the same or even interrelated. They can be 3 completely independent actions or events, and they can be personal or professional (or even spiritual). What IS important is to recognize where our motivations and our actions intersect. Resolutions are about looking ahead, they’re about what we want to get. But doing an “appreciative review” such as this provides us with a chance to enjoy the work we already have done to improve our lives: what we wanted AND were willing to give to those wants. If you spend some time doing an SRM Review, I think you won’t need to make new years resolutions. You’ll start to shift from big goals and wanting resolutions to the types of simple, repeatable, meaningful actions you can take, maybe without even thinking about it.
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