Setting an Intention in the New Year

What is YOUR motto for 2016? Anne shares her thoughts and insight in this motivating post...

Welcome to 2016, HelloStagers!

I personally love the start of a new year. I find it to be a great time to reflect upon what has happened and to get excited about the future. I, like many, enjoy making New Year’s Resolutions. However, I decided a few years ago to stop making specific resolutions such as “I will learn 15 new roles! I will go to the gym 5 times a week!”. Instead, I set an intention for the year, a personal motto to guide me. I find that these motivational sentences really help me expand my horizons, push my boundaries, and get rid of habits that no longer (or never did) serve me.

The most important question I ask myself before crafting my motto is this:

Who am I right now?

Trust me, that is a tough question. In order to truly answer it, you have to let go of what you think your life should look like. You have to accept the reality of right now instead holding on to life as it was 10 years ago. You have to stop trying to be who you thought you wanted to be when you were younger, or the person your friends and family remember you to be.

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said “The only thing that is constant is change”; you are and always will be changing. Simply put, the person you were 10 years ago doesn’t exist anymore. Depending on how much you liked your life at the time, that can be a welcome relief or a bitter pill to swallow. Either way, refusing to let go of old ways of thinking does nothing but delay the inevitable. Change will come whether we want it to or not!

Once you really look at--and accept-- your life in its current state, you can then make decisions and changes that will actually help you achieve your desires. You may find that your goals and dreams are the same as they were a few years ago; your challenge, then, is to recalibrate how you can attain them based upon your actual situation and circumstances.

So who are you right now? What are your current strengths and weaknesses? What do you love about your life right now? What would you like to change? Answer those questions honestly and your New Year’s Motto will be clear.

Last year my motto was “Just Do It” and this year I plan to “Take the Bull By the Horns”. What about you? Share your motto in the comments section!

Anne Wieben is a freelance operatic soprano, currently residing in Vienna, Austria. For more information, check out her HELLOSTAGE profile Anne Wieben or visit her website: www.annewieben.com!
Author: Anne Wieben
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