Note: This is a revision of an article originally published on my blog last December.
I love the simplicity, force, and focus of choosing a single word as a guiding light for each year.
According to some surveys, almost 90% of resolutions end in failure. So why not skip the exhaustive list of New Year’s Resolutions?
The truth is there’s a physiological limit to the amount of willpower we each have. Hence, if you try to change too many things at once, you inevitably fail. It’s a scientific reality.
Instead, consider the simplicity and elegance of selecting one powerful word.
But let’s not get hung up on the idea of “one” word. You could choose one word or two. Or a whole phrase. You could work with your word for a full year, six months, or until its done. You might decide to focus on a different facet of your word each month.
There are no rules! It’s your life. Experiment and find what works for you.
Finding Your Perfect Word
Is there is a single word or a phrase that captures what you would like to manifest in your self or your life in 2012?
A perfect word may immediately pop into your mind. Or you might need to let the idea percolate for a while. Then see what bubbles up. There’s no rush. It might be easier to see clearly once the chaos of the holidays have passed. But you can let the idea simmer in the meantime.
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“More than a third of the world’s people live within 62 miles of a shoreline. Over the coming decades, as sea levels rise, climate change experts predict that many of the world’s largest cities, including Miami and New York, will be increasingly vulnerable to coastal flooding. A recent study of 136 port cities found that those with the largest threatened populations will be in developing countries, especially those in Asia.”
I was stunned by these facts as I read “The Coming Storm” in the May 2011 issue of National Geographic while waiting to have my vision checked.
What grabbed my attention in particular was the life of the “char dwellers” in Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Char dwellers are:
“…the hundreds of thousands of people who inhabit the constantly changing islands, or chars, on the floodplains of Bangladesh’s three major rivers—the Padma, Jamuna, and Meghna. These islands, many covering less than a square mile, appear and vanish constantly, rising and falling with the tide, the season, the phase of the moon, the rainfall, and the flow of rivers upstream.”
Yes, these islands are constantly disappearing. And so char dwellers are constantly moving – as often as once a year or more. Since the islands can suddenly disappear, they are prepared to move in a matter of moments. They create highly portable homes that can be taken down, moved, and put back together at a new location in a matter of hours. They live with their suitcases at the foot of their beds. The char dwellers are the epitome of resiliency and adaptability.
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An Invitation to Look Within:
Is there one step you can take this week to begin to disarm any sense of digital distress you feel in your online world? Are you ready to commit?
Need ideas? Check out The Step-by Step Guide to Overcoming Digital Overwhelm
This week, I’m adding a second day off from social media. What will you do? Please share in the comments.