I love the start of a new year. The possibilities and potential seem endless. I often ponder about all the goals I want to achieve over the year and can easily become overwhelmed. That’s why I love the idea of one word resolution. I came across the idea from a yoga teacher at my local yoga studio, Lotus Yoga. The idea is simple; pick one word at the beginning of each year that represents your intention for the year. You can still choose to make goals, but your one word resolution is the underlying theme that you continue to go back to throughout the year.
My one word resolution this year is self-acceptance. To me this means living an authentic life by my standards, not someone else’s. It also means letting go (cue Frozen theme song) of my inner perfectionist, and allow myself to be the beginner. One of my favorite personal mantras is, “Allow yourself to be the beginner. No one starts off being excellent”. I use it as a reminder as I embark on my journey as a yoga teacher that everyone started as a beginner, and over time was able to blossom into the teacher they are today. You can apply this to anything in your life that you have been too scared or intimidated to try. By allowing yourself to be the beginner, you can begin to release the pressure and expectations you have for yourself, and allow yourself to just be. Use the energy you save from worry and stress towards harnessing creativity, compassion, and learning something new.
What is your one word resolution for the year?
By: Susan Lotito