The New Year had such a fresh and clean feeling. It was full of potential for what I could accomplish, let go of, do, become, during the 365 days that were ahead.
For some, this new way of being, doing and becoming is sustainable and births change and growth in their life. But, oftentimes, the days fade into weeks and the slog of life muddies all the the new resolutions. We find the hope of a new year starts to fade and we fall back to our mediocrity. What was the sparkling new year, begun with brilliant fireworks, gives way to “reality creep”. The cold reality of the January post-holiday blues, descends into harsh depressing February and then settles into the dreary soggy days of March. February……..I find by the time the bitter howling wind of February grips me, I am not in the can-do spirit to continue much of anything. I digress.
This year, depending on your politics, we have on our hands either ‘a new sense of hope’ or ‘a foreboding of doom and disaster’ on the horizon. At any rate, we have the inauguration of a new president and a new administration. Whether we are ready for it or not: Change is gonna come!
The dawn of a new administration has caused me to ponder about the sizable amount of consideration that the new president puts into their first 100 days. Traditionally these 100 days are seen as the marker for establishing the direction and momentum for the president’s agenda. Inauguration Day on January 20th is coinciding, however, with the beginning o f“reality creep”. Three weeks into January the “new” has started to wear off of the New Year and some of the shiny hope along with it.
I have decided to not dwell on the lofty, long term, life changing goals that I, again, set for myself during the glow of the falling crystal ball and unison singing of Auld Lang Syne. Instead of proclaiming I am going to always…. never……do this or that, I am going to seize on the 100 days theme for my own agenda.
What if I took some specific goals for establishing the direction for my agenda and worked them into the 100 days framework. What if I gave myself a 3rd week of January gift: My very own First 100 Days Plan.
The experts say it takes 30 days to make something a habit. That means during 100 days I would have a little over 3 tries to work some habit-forming magic, three 30 day chunks . This might give me a better chance to redeem some failures and practice the successes.
Maybe these 100 days could be a series of ten 10 day trials. Maybe I could try out some cool new stuff that I am too chicken to make a year-long, let alone 100 day, commitment to. It just seems so much more do-able to divide and conquer this new year into some much more manageable pieces by building in some grace and forgiveness, for my less than stellar performance that is sure to come. Maybe there might even be some little triumphs that will help fuel the momentum to continue being my best well past the first 100 days.
I challenge you, as well as myself, to watch the peaceful exchange of power on January 20th with a new perspective. Possibly, with some inspiration to map an agenda for our lives and make our goals more attainable with a plan for 100 days. Whether you opt for the three 30+ day chunks or ten 10 day speed goals, by the time the 100 days are up it will be May 1st. The warm sun will be shining, it will be time to plant the garden or merrily contemplate summer vacation or the end of school. All sorts of goodies await at the end of the 100 days!
I encourage you to map out your plan (scribblings on a napkin while drinking coffee count). Let’s just keep trying, even if it is just to make it to the next 30 days, (when we can reset and start again) or the next 10 days when we can try another new fangled idea. If we fall off the wagon, or backslide, remember, this is the plan with the built in forgiveness until our 100 days are over.
The best case scenario….we have developed some great new habits and our lives are changed for the better! The worst case scenario….we have been a miserable failure and nothing worked. But, it will be May 1st and the middle of spring...........so who cares!