Focus On What Brings Me Joy – New Years Resolution
by Tony Yost
Yes, I know itâ€™s a bit early to start on New Yearâ€™s resolutions, but I read something on Stacy Kamala Waltmanâ€™s blog that really got me to thinkingâ€¦
She said â€śâ€¦remove all traces of those things which are not bringing you joy. Remove all of their energy from your current existence.â€ť
This is some of the best advice Iâ€™ve heard in a long time. Why spend any time at all on things that do not contribute to your happiness?
Putting it another way, Ed Foreman says in one of his sessions that a lot of people go around saying â€śOh, I got to do this, and I got to do thatâ€¦â€ť He says â€śYou donâ€™t got to do nothinâ€™ !â€ť.
A hand comes up in the back of the room. â€śWhat about taxes?â€ť. Ok, I admit that, on the surface, some things do not appear to be joyful. In those cases, you can decide to focus on the positive aspects. I hate filling out all of those tax formsâ€¦so I hire someone to do that. They are better at it than I am, and I eliminate a part that I donâ€™t enjoy. Once theyâ€™re done, I am confident they are done correctly, and that feels good. And letâ€™s not forget that the streets we drive on, the schools our children attend, etc all come from these taxes.
Another handâ€¦â€ťWhat about work?â€ť. Again, focus on the parts that you do like. There are people that I enjoy being around, they pay me, I get paid time off, I get satisfaction from doing a job wellâ€¦etc.
As Stacy said, letâ€™s remove all energy from the things that donâ€™t bring us joy.
I think that one resolution might be the only one I need this year.