As 2018 winds down and we’re setting our sights on the new year, it's that time of year when everyone is thinking about their resolutions. Resolutions are important - they're concrete, (hopefully) achievable, and give us something to work towards. But what about something to help us find deeper meaning? At RISE, we've been consistently inspired by Reshma Chamberlin's interview with Fast Company, in which she suggests a new perspective on typical goal setting: consider a mantra for the new year instead of resolutions.
We often use goal-setting to define our purpose, and this is never more timely than at the close of one year while we’re preparing our resolutions for the next. But what happens if setting and achieving a goal isn’t all that we need?
Reshma shares how she sets a new mantra each year. While a resolution is typically a concrete goal or habit change, a mantra acts as an anchor for your entire year. Mantras help fill our lives with meaning. These are the things we want to send into the world - kindness, compassion, forgiveness. We need both as we move into the new year. In wrapping up the year with this month’s theme of Reflection + Goal-Setting, we’re loving Reshma’s suggestion to reflect on a mantra in addition to our goals.
Last year, Kate Wiegmann, Partner/COO at RISE, set her mantra as kindness. For Founder/CEO Stacy Taubman, it was "You can do anything, but not everything." RISE St. Louis Member Susie Moore took Reshma’s suggestion even further by setting a reminder of her mantra on her computer. She shared with us, "most days I would take a breath and imagine being kind to myself each time I logged on!"
Check out Reshma's article HERE to help you reflect on your own mantra for 2019. We'd love to hear what you have planned!