I don't normally make New Year's resolutions, but this year has been a tumultuous one, so I decided to look at this cliche activity as a valuable opportunity to take stock in what I've learned, what I want to improve upon and what I did right and want to do more of in the new year.
One of the biggest lessons I have learned this year and what is at the core of many of my resolutions is that vulnerability is a GOOD THING! Despite what Webster's says, or what others will warn is a sign of weakness -- it's not! All endeavors (including relationships) will be enhanced when one is willing to take a risk.
Whatever your goals and aspirations may be for the upcoming year, I hope you let go with reckless abandon and put yourself out there (caveat: do not take risks on things and people who have already proven to be be risky or unworthy! The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior.)
That said, it's okay to:
1. Trust. One huge thing I learned this year is that trust is a CHOICE. If this is something that doesn't come naturally - as long as there are no red flags - go for it! Trust is the greatest gift you can give or receive, so cherish it, yet only give it to those who have truly earned it.
2. Start (or continue) a blog! Don't worry about who will read it or how many readers you will have, what your friends or coworkers will say. Just be yourself, and share what you love.
3. Take a stab at that new business idea you have been waiting for just the right time to start. There is never 'just the right time'.
4. Reach out to start a new friendship. What's the worst that can happen?
5. Try something new - whether it's a sport, hobby or something you've been afraid of trying, now's the time to let go of the fear!
6. Love yourself. We all have faults, weaknesses, and things we want to improve upon, but if we don't appreciate our uniqueness and the footprint we leave in the sand, no one else will.
If you need further encouragement on the subject of risk taking and vulnerability, I highly recommend the work of Brene Brown.
The most inspiring video I've watched this year:
Happy New Year to each and everyone! May this be the best one ever!