Change Your Life with the Beaders’ New Years’ Resolution

Happy New Year! I’m am so excited to be writing the first post of 2011, and I have a very interesting topic to share with you: why ordinary New Years’ Resolutions either don’t work for people, or they give up even making them in the first place. Last year, I made several “crafty” New Years’ Resolutions. For example, I was determined that in 2010, I would learn freeform peyote, and I did! It was more of a list of goals that had to do with beading and crafting, and I didn’t actually get to all of them. For example, my wedding scrapbook is STILL not complete.

Me in the photo booth I made for our New Years' Party

Goal setting is awesome, but…

Goals are great, and it’s important to write them down because you are more likely to achieve them. I guess my problem with last years’ approach is that in my mind, a New Years’ Resolution should be some kind of profound life change. Synonyms of the word resolution: declaration, determination, perseverance, elucidation

It’s not about willpower

So I started thinking about what I could change in my life that would be so profound that I would be able to “get to” and achieve all of my goals. I started reading…A LOT…and stumbled on the answer. The problem is not that we lack discipline, or don’t have enough willpower or something. What we should focus on is simply forming the right habits. I even did this without realizing it! When I started doing videos for the site, I wanted to lose a bit of weight. So Monday thru Friday at 2:00p, I would go to the gym. The first few days I had to make myself, but it got easier. After awhile it became part of my routine. It was just something I did everyday! Which is a good thing because my mom is a great cook, and I definitely indulged myself this holiday, hehe.

It’s about forming a habit

One of my goals this year is to create more of my own bead designs and beading eBooks. So in my Google Calendar, (that even links to the calendar on my phone!) I am dedicating an hour everyday that is just mine to design. Scientists agree that it takes the average person 3 weeks to form a new habit. So when it becomes a habit to sit down and work on a new design everyday, I will move on to the next goal and form a new habit to achieve it.

The Beaders’ New Years’ Resolution is…

My New Years’ Resolution is to form better habits! I’m excited because I feel like this way of thinking can change my life, business, and how many beading projects I will finish!

Other resources:
NY Times: Can You Become a Creature of New Habits?
wikiHow: How to Form a Good Habit
IBM Podcast: 7 Internet Marketing Habits to Make 2011 the Best Year Ever

What do you think? Did you make a New Years’ Resolution? Why or why not? What do you think of a habit forming resolution? Please share with us in the comments!

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  • avatar Gina Whitlock January 7, 2011, 6:24 am

    Enjoyed your newsletter. You’re doing a great job. Hope to see you tomorrow at DBS meeting.

  • avatar Ralonda January 7, 2011, 7:17 am

    I have never made New Year’s resolutions. Not sure why. I think this is the most positive one I have ever read. I am sure it will encourage you throughout the year.

  • avatar Nancy Kralenfan January 7, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Hi Mandi!

    Thank you for the newsletter, I enjoyed the interview with Sherry Serrafini very much!

    And last but not least:
    I like to wish you a Happy and Healthy 2011!!!

    Nancy.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 7, 2011, 3:09 pm

    @Gina Thanks for the feedback. I will see you there, tomorrow!

    @Ralonda Thanks for commenting! It has only been the first week and I can already tell a huge difference in my motivation and productivity :)

    @Nancy Thanks for the feedback and I’m glad you enjoyed the links! Sherry Serafini is probably my biggest “beading idol” hehe.

    Happy, Healthy 2011 to all!

  • avatar Candys S. McCulley January 7, 2011, 4:16 pm

    Hi – Thanks for the newsletter. The SS Interview was great. Already have that book in my Amazon wish list. Looking forward to the 2 other books being released this fall.

    Hope your 2011 is great!!

    :}
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  • avatar Carolyn Howell January 7, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I have always enjoyed your comments and what you have to say on your website. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the DBS meeting.

  • avatar Chrei January 11, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Please continue to do what you do. Keep on keeping on… A new beader.

  • avatar Maureen N. January 12, 2011, 11:53 am

    Hi Mandi, thanks so much for your newsletter. I really don’t make new year resolutions, at least not consciously, but am really encouraged by your write-up.
    I look forward to receiving more newsletters, and wish you all the very best in all your endeavours this year. God Bless.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 12, 2011, 11:54 am

    Thank you for your comments ladies!

  • avatar Beads January 12, 2011, 4:53 pm

    All the best for 2011 Mandi. We hope to see more of your wonderful newsletters!

    Cheers

  • avatar Christine January 20, 2011, 6:23 pm

    Thanks for your wonderful newsletter. I do have some questions and wasn’t sure if this was the right place to ask, so here it is. I’d like to start beading (I figured I start with a beaded pen). I did get your tutorial with and when I was going through the supply list a couple of questions came to mind. What size Nymo thread to use? What size needle? and finally I don’t have a bead store aside from Michaels, Joanns etc. Where would the best place be to purchase these items? THanks for any help/direction you can give.

  • avatar Mandi Ainsworth January 20, 2011, 7:00 pm

    I’m glad you liked it Christine : ) I prefer Nymo D and usually size 12 needles. I sent an email with some more details to make sure you have all the info you need. I’m excited that you’re giving beading a try!

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