New Year, new possibilities. That’s where resolutions and goal setting come in. So what better inspiration for my 2017 resolutions than…you guessed it, Hamilton! I may be late to the Hamilton fandom party, but this musical is inspiring me to create goals for the new year. Here are my big three tips on how I’m gonna WORK my 2017 resolutions.
Making 2017 the year of ___? What’s your blank look like? Resolutions are my goals for the upcoming year. But I want them to mean more than words I follow for the month of January and then I’m out. So when I started working on mine, I couldn’t help but find my inspiration in Hamilton.
Making New Year’s Resolutions Hamilton Style for 2017:
1. Pick your theme, word or phrase for the year.
Your word for the year is like your theme. You know, the word that sums up what you want 2017 to look like. Hey, it doesn’t have to be a single word; it can also be a phrase or a song. Whatever floats your boat!
I’m choosing a phrase from a song for 2017: “There’s a million things I haven’t done, just you wait.” I’ll bet Hamilton fans will recognize this line.
Why just you wait? It means I’m coming for you, 2017 with guns blazing. I’ve got a laundry list of a million things I want to do. But I am often so busy trying to be a good wife, mom, attorney, writer, daughter, sister, and friend that I fail because I’m juggling too much.
Finally, as a mom, I often forget that as one of the encourager of my kids dreams, I also needs to have dreams of my own and go after them. Instead of abandoning my dreams or pushing them to the back-burner, I need to grab them and show my kids what dreamchasing is all about.
Have fun with your theme for the year. For me, Hamilton seemed a logical fit since the songs are whirling around in my head “non-stop.” Choose what works for you.
2. With my resolutions, “I am not throwing away my shot.”
What do you want to accomplish in 2017? For many, they see a new year as a blank slate and a fresh start to take things into a different direction (and to close out what may have been a very rough, hard or stressful year). By naming your goals, you are getting down to the nitty gritty.
- Write the resolutions down. Hamilton was one prolific dude. So he would totally endorse this concept of putting pen to paper (or using your computer, phone, iPad, etc.) and committing them to writing!
But writing them down, I can say that “I am not throwing away my shot.”
- Resolutions may take a little (or a lot) time.
So I’ve been a fan of Leslie Odom, Jr. since he was underused on the TV show Smash. So glad that he has arrived and is getting his props. That aside, his character has some of the best songs in the musical. My favorite song on the Hamilton soundtrack is “Wait for It.”
This year, “I’m willing to wait for it.” I’m embracing patience and a don’t rush attitude. (I’ll let you know how that works out.) I can see others achieving their goals and say to myself, “Wait for it” if mine aren’t coming my way as quickly as I’d hoped.
- Make your resolutions ambitious (aka get in “the room where it happens”)
But just as Hamilton and Burr were foils to each other in the musical, I see how both personality types are necessary to succeed. There are times where I need to be more Hamilton than Burr, setting aside the “wait for it” mentality. It’s important to know when to be more aggressive and bold. And to be ambitious and set my sights high.
My resolutions are a balance between “I’m willing to wait for it” and “I want to be in the room where it happens.” Some are more realistic and others are lofty. I’m saying it’s OK to have both.
3. Find accountability partners.
You NEED some buddies in this process. They will be your accountability partners and biggest cheerleaders. Think of them as your partners in crime who aren’t afraid to ask, “How’s that working out for you?” and call you to the mat when you haven’t say made it to exercise class for the week or written a blog post.
This is where “talk less, smile more comes in.” I promise to listen to my friends and colleagues and radiate joy via smiles more in 2017.
Confide your resolutions to at least one friend or colleague you trust. They can be your brothers and (Schyuler) sisters…”Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy!” So where are my girls (and guys) at?
I’m gonna “Work” hard this year and with my mouse/keyboard, hopefully my goals will be as attainable as “Click, Boom!”
Oh, I forgot one more thing: Happy New Year!