Creating a Theme for 2019

I’ve been on vacation for the past two weeks visiting family back home in Louisiana. But now I’m back in Orlando, back to normal life. There’s just one problem: I don’t want to go back to normal. It’s a new week, a new month, and a new year which makes it the perfect time to recommit to the goals I have set for myself.

Because I believe changing your life starts with changing your mindset, I follow many people that are seeking to make people’s lives better through helping us with the much-needed mindset change. People like me and you. With that being said, there was no shortage of emails with articles on how to make 2019 my best year.

One of the concepts several people suggested is creating a theme. Let’s say you want to create more, you could choose the theme of “Create” and the whole year you seek and make decisions based on that theme. Basically, instead of making resolutions, the whole year you choose opportunities where you can be more creative. Then, hopefully, at the end of the year, you can look back on all the things you were able to create.

This doesn’t mean you can’t also have resolutions or set goals. The basic premise is this: making conscious choices that align with the theme you have chosen.

How do you choose your theme? First, you will have to sit down and reflect on 2018, looking at both your failures and your successes, and then look ahead to 2019 and write down who it is you want to be, what impact you want to have, as well as your hopes and dreams. Once you have all that, ask yourself what word or phrase will set you on that path.

This year I’ve decided to have a theme of “Dare to Move.”

If you’ve ever heard the Switchfoot song, “Dare You To Move,” then you probably already know what that means. Ever since this song came out, 16 years ago, it has held a special place in my heart (I have the lyrics “I dare you to move” tattooed on my arm). One thing I love about music is that we can interpret the lyrics in different ways, ways that have meaning for us. For me, this song is about getting back up after you fall and moving forward despite the obstacles in your path. We can either lie there and take what life throws at us or we can choose to move and create a life of our choosing. For me to become my best self I need to move, not only past the things that will happen in 2019 but also move past the things that have happened in my past.

To become our best selves requires growth; it requires us to not dwell on past hurts or future hurts but to learn from them. In learning, we become stronger and closer to the person we are meant to be. This year I dare to move.

What will your theme be for 2019?

If you want to learn more about setting a theme, you can find more about it HERE.

This Week’s Featured Song: “Dare You to Move”‘ by Switchfoot

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