Choosing a Meaningful Personal Leadership New Years Theme

by anne preston on January 1, 2010

Some folks avoid making New Years Resolutions.    Some folks love to make them.  Many people I speak to, regardless of their preferences for setting New Years intentions; love the simple idea of creating a theme for the year.    Setting a theme can be a great way to bring focus to your personal leadership development and still keep things light and meaningful.

Setting a theme for the year does require a little introspection on 1 question…  What do you want more of?

The answer to that question can often give you the basis for your theme – for when you focus on 1 word, 1 theme AND you do it frequently and consistently, you will notice you attract lots of opportunity for exploration within the theme.

Here is how to set a theme for the year:

Take a value, or quality that you wish to have more of in your life – one that will truly inspire you and is very meaningful for you.   Name it as your theme.

Once you have your theme named, you can now incorporate your theme in any goal setting, strategy sessions or learning plans. Or if you can just hold the theme lightly as see what shows up.

They key with a theme – is to always bring yourself back to the theme.   Talk about your theme.  Write about it. Think about it.

It’s a great way to keep focus for an extended period – and you can be surprised just how many opportunities that will show up for you to enjoy in your theme.

Some common personal leadership themes are:

  • Courage
  • Joy
  • Creativity
  • Flexibility
  • Playfulness
  • Authenticity
  • Presence
  • Balance
  • Peace
  • Focus
  • Family
  • Wellness

Remember too, if something about the structure is appealing – and yet you don’t like all of it – make it your own.   The idea is to come up with something that will inspire YOU – and that will add to your own personal growth.   If something doesn’t work for you – change it into something that will.

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