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What’s your one-word New Year’s resolution? Join the FutureStory 2008 goal achievement experiment!

Interested in accomplishing a specific goal in 2008 and developing an anthology of stories of your success?

As I was walking my dogs this morning I was contemplating the new year and the notion of New Year’s resolutions. I usually don’t “do” resolutions… having experienced too many years of not quite achieving my goal. But it occurred to me that I might like to try a “word” for 2008. I’ve heard that one of the tricks for achieving your resolution is to have just one. After thinking a bit longer, I decided that my word would be “courage.” At the end of each year, I feel like I could have achieved more if I’d had more courage–less fear of failing or of appearing foolish in the eyes of my peers.

A bit further along the dog walk, it occurred to me that other people might do New Year’s “words” (or “phrases”) too. Wouldn’t it be interesting to share ideas for implementing our “words?” People would commit to sharing their successful “word” experience at least once each week and hopefully more often. As they say in Appreciative Inquiry, the thing you focus on is the thing that grows. It’s true.

The FutureStory 2008 group would share ideas and stories … and, in fact, by collecting insights, achievements and surprises that unfold while focusing on our word/phrase over the next year, each of us could compile an anthology of stories relating to our “word of the year.” Our “word” would become a part of our lives in a way that it might not without such focus.

So … are you interested in choosing a “word” (or a phrase) and through mutual support and focused attention, making it one of your strengths by the end of 2008? If you’re interested in participating, email me at shelley[at] and I’ll send you instructions for signing up. I’ll set up an online community to facilitate discussion among people with the same “word” as well as the group at large. I’m also thinking that it would be interesting to have “success mentors”–people who have achieved success in some area of their life–to join us periodically to share their secrets for achieving their goals.

The cost? It’s free! [And it's an experiment.]

Let me know soon as I will probably have to close the group at a certain size. And please forward this invitation to people you think would be interested. I’m looking forward to hearing about how your New Year’s “word” appears in your daily life once you (and your FutureStory team) focus on it.

Happy New Year!



Comment from MDW
Time: December 31, 2007, 9:20 am

Sounds like a great idea – something to kick-start the year, without being overwhelming like the usual list of resolutions. I have a word to work on; it’s not as lofty as “courage,” but a sticky one for me nonetheless. There’s something about doing this with a group that appeals to me. I’m an enthusiastic course-taker and the synergy that comes from minds thinking about, discussing, or working on similar goals can be very powerful.

Comment from Jaahnavi Katti
Time: January 4, 2008, 12:34 am

Something that struck me as a very good idea to try this year,in fact it sounds very exciting too!I am really interested in trying it out.Now the great question is what would be the one word? Well i think i am already focusing on the one word,or the one thing,right.

Comment from Dr.(Ms) Dhun S Dastoor
Time: January 4, 2008, 3:11 am


I want to understand humanbeings. Most impossible task to achieve. None the less I like to interact with people and understand their behaviour. My
“funda” is treat humanbeings as humans and I am on the right path—but,
Not always.
HAPPY NEW YEAR (2008)–though belated.
With warm regards
Dhun Dastoor
PS: I have never made a New Year resolution in my life time–(I am now65 yrs.)

Comment from Dr.(Ms) Dhun S Dastoor
Time: January 4, 2008, 3:15 am


I am 65 yrs. old but have never made a New Year resolution.
May be interaction among people will help.

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