The Coach's Corner

January's reading and writing thoughts, tips, and take-aways

I Hereby Resolve by Gail Boushey

"Happy New Year!


As part of a longstanding New Year's tradition, we reflect on the past year and set our intentions for self-improvement, resolving to live up to these thoughts and actions throughout the year....Even with support, I have never been completely successful in keeping my New Year's resolutions. Apparently, I am not alone."


excerpt from "I Hereby Resolve" Issue #389, www.dailycafe.com

Make the change

Gail goes on to further say that her goals for this year are going to be "written as a story to live by." She wrote her goals as beliefs. Beliefs stemming from herself as a teacher and a human. If we write our resolutions as beliefs will we be more successful? Resolutions written as things to live by are more than just resolutions. Here are my resolutions for the year:


Each day, I choose...

  • to bring my best self to work each day.
  • to see the best in people.
  • to be an "encourager".
  • to serve in any way that I can.
  • to be thankful.

And most of all, and all-encompassing...

  • I choose to love.


I know that some of these are challenges for me, the realist, but I choose to turn-around any thinking that combats these beliefs and strive to make these automatic in my daily life. Like Gail Boushey says, "I believe in them, I want to live by them, and I want people to count on me to stand for them." These are my story for the New year.


What can you be counted on for the New Year?

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