Don't Resolve. Instead, Create.

Jan 03, 2023
Resolve to create this new year.

Welcome to 2023! With the turn of the calendar year, you may find your thoughts turning toward New Year's resolutions.

In my experience, resolutions usually arise from frustration and discontent. Fair enough - the desire to improve one’s life and to improve oneself is part of being human.

But, if you are resolving to change yourself from a place of self-criticism and frustration, the likelihood of your resolutions coming to fruition is very small.

The truth is most New Year's resolutions fail (and there are multiple studies to prove this!).

Close your eyes and think/feel/sense on “self-criticism”. How does this state of being feel? Constricted and tight, or expansive and in flow?

Now close your eyes and think/feel/sense on “creativity.” For most people, this feels very different.

We are all capable of deep and lasting change - in our health, in our relationships, and our habits- but the energy with which we approach change influences the outcome (yes, Energy does Matter).

The impulse to create is hard-wired in us. It is part of being human. Creativity is not limited to the artists of the world. We all create, we all want to create.

We create beauty, food, housing, clothes, the written word, children, technology, gardens, games, systems, procedures, order, disorder, art, music, laughter and so much more, including the as-of-yet unknown.

This year, I suggest you create your New Year’s resolutions. Imbue them with flow and inspiration and possibility, instead of discontent, self-criticism, and negativity. Let me know if this resonates with you.

Wishing you an inspired and creative 2023!

Kirstin Lindquist
Owner, Licensed Acupuncturist

Of course we've written about resolutions in the past - revisit some of our suggestions if you're looking for more inspiration to create!

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