I have done away with traditional New Years resolutions. I mean, they were always the same and I always forgot them all after about a month, anyway. So in 2012 I created my first New Years “mantra,” to use as a general guide for living life throughout the year. It worked so well for me that year I decided to make it a tradition. I give it a lot of careful thought in the time leading up to the new year, and then I constantly remind myself of my mantra throughout that year as I need motivation to really live it.
For the sake of preserving them for all of posterity, here is a list of my mantras since I started them in 2012:
- 2012: Take More Risks
- 2013: Make It Happen
- 2014: Don’t Just Get There. Grow there.
- 2015: Take Charge. Stay Charged.
- 2016: Nurture Yourself.
- 2017: Make 40 Fierce!
- 2018: Be Active
- 2019: Open Your Heart, Close Your Wallet
- 2020: Reboot – defined as “to start (something) anew: to refresh (something) by making a new start or creating a new version”
- 2021: Do Good
- 2022: Baby Steps