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Issue: #5
February 2011
Greetings! 2011

Greetings! Even though it is already February (where did the month of January go?), it will still be relevant for many to consider fresh approaches to the age-old practice of writing New Year's resolutions, especially if your resolutions often remain the same, year after year.In this issue of Thoughts on Intentional Living, I am offering four fresh approaches, hoping that one of these might take you in just the right new direction you desire for 2011.   

Exercise #1: Three Lists in One

Use this three-part framework to come up with a powerful list.New Year's Resolutions Take your time and consider all three categories.

1. What is it I want to leave behind?

2. What is it I want to keep with me and carry forward?

3. What is it I want more of?

Once you're done, post it where you can see it every day during 2011. It's a living document so don't hesitate to add or revise.


Exercise #2: Acknowledge and Desire


This exercise involves making two lists. For the first one, set a timer for 15-30 minutes. Then start thinking back on the past year and note whatever you recall that was significant, enjoyable, or satisfying. The utility of this is the acknowledgement and self-validation of your accomplishments.

To conclude this first part, go back to that list and make a note next to each item about how it makes you feel and why you feel as you do. It's worth it to take the time to probe deeper than usual. Acknowledgement and reflection are good habits to maintain balance in our fast paced world.


For the second list, pretend it's a year from now. You're writing your "looking back list" again. What would you like to be able to write on that list? What imagined events and accomplishments would you find most enjoyable, satisfying or significant for yourself in the year ahead?  Once you're done with this list, finish the exercise by noting how each of them makes you feel and why you want each of them.


These valuable lists give useful information to guide you. Now go live your year! When you pull out the second list at the end of 2011, see how much of it has manifested!

Exercise #3: Your One Word

JoyIt is often helpful if your year has one powerful word as its theme rather than a list of "have to do" directives. How do you choose that word? Reflect on how what you want this coming year and then find a word which describes its essence, e.g. healthy living, fun, abundance, joy, discovery, etc. Once you've chosen a word, let it help organize your choices and your activities throughout 2011.  


Exercise #4: Inspire Yourself


Take a playful attitude with whatever directives you create for yourself because it can be a more effective way to move you out of old routines and direct yourself toward change. Experiment by inventing some of your own. Below are examples of various prompts to action that I find inspiring because of their playful tone. Gauge their effect on you.

  • Give more.
  • Write down all the day's events that made me smile. Collect them and watch the number grow.
  • Pretend to be fearless.
  • Daily question: What do I want? Now listen for my answer.
  • Engage in intentional acts of kindness with friends and strangers

Sharing the Wealth

This newsletter comes from a deep commitment to share my skills, ideas and practices with whoever expresses interest and need. I truly believe that they can lead and support persons to live their best and most intentional lives. If what you've read has served you, please pass on the newsletter to others. If they like it, they can sign up to receive it directly.

Wishing you well,


Brady Mikusko, ACC, Life Coach
author of Be Smart: Prepare Yourself for Divorce Mediation


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