There’s a commercial on TV now where a little boy talks about his “New Years Revolution.” The joke is his “revolution” involves eating more jelly beans in 2014 but I love the idea of a “revolution” versus another New Year’s resolution. While defining a resolution intimates that you are determined, focused, envisioning a better future, study after study of New Year’s resolutions show that most don’t last beyond the first few weeks of the new year. But think of a revolution. Revolution is defined as the overthrowing of a government or social order in favor of a new system. A synonym is “seizure of power.”
In what ways would 2014 be different for you if you decided to overthrow the “social order” of your life in favor of a new system? How can you create a revolution to seize power of your life and create more balance, more joy? Sounds pretty scary and like a lot of hard work, especially if 2014 involves relocating your family. The first and most important step in any revolution is vision – the picture of a future state that is better than where you are now.
Most people have some sort of idea where they want to be in a few years, what they want in their life. Very few of us have a crystal clear vision and action steps identified to help us realize that vision. That’s where the wheels come off the bus so to speak. Your vision for 2014 doesn’t need to be anything grandiose. It might simply involve having less chaos and more time for the things you and your family enjoy. But the simplicity of more time won’t happen without a plan. In fact, regardless of simplicity or complexity, any vision won’t be fully realized without a plan.
If you are relocating your family in 2014, you will most likely have a plan to call a moving company or rent a truck yourself. You’ll plan for when and how you pack boxes, what can be packed first and what needs to wait until moving day. You’ll most likely map out the route you will take to get you to your new destination. What most parents fail to map out is the more personal side of relocation – managing emotions, personalities, and the complexities of relocation. Having a detailed plan for dealing with the challenges children face when moving will be critical to a positive transition.
Regardless of plans to relocate your family in 2014, any New Year’s “Revolution” will require a crystal clear vision and a plan. That plan coupled with small, incremental daily steps ensures the probability of successfully moving closer and closer to your vision.
No parent should move without a game plan.
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