Tweak 2 letters and change everything

Plan 2013 for where you are and what you want now

Resolutions“Mind your Language” is a great piece of advice, truly mind it.  Think about the effect it has on you and then on those around you as you use it.  It’s one of my passions for my clients that they really “get” how important the words and phrases are they choose and then use.   If you have a sense though that you could be more influential, more engaging and inspiring to other people, then changing and updating your ‘script’ transforms the way you connect with people.  It’s like adding sparkly accessories to your message.

A few years ago, I read an article by John La Valle and John is, I believe, a true word-nerd.  A real wizard with the use of language and the difference it makes.  He wrote an article about changing our New Year’s Resolutions and swapping them for New Year’s Evolutions. 

Every year when someone asks me “so Kay, are you making any New Year’s Resolutions?” I take John’s advice and tell them “yes, but I make New Year’s Evolutions”.

Think about the word Resolution – looking in my trusty dictionary, it means “a firm decision to do or not to do something.  The action of solving a problem, dispute or contentious matter.”

When you pull it apart, re-solution becomes a solution, redone.  You know when you say it there’s a bit of resistance there.  Something you should be doing as opposed to something you want to do.  Something you’ve tried to do before and are trying to do again.

It’s so common to make a resolution to eat less, exercise more, spend less, save more, work less, be with family more – or sometimes the opposite!  You get the idea, though.

Now, think about the word Evolution – When you think of planning and committing to New Year’s Evolutions, there’s a different feel, a different energy about them with that word.  Again, from my trusty dictionary “Evolution – the gradual development of something.  Current senses stem from a notion of ‘opening out’ and ‘unfolding’ giving a rise to a general sense of development”.

2013Now with the word Evolution (remember, we only tweaked 2 letters) there’s a more forward motion to it, more of a sense of “Ok, for where I am now and for how I’ve developed now and what I want in my life now, this is what I want for 2013”.

Try putting down 5 New Year’s Evolutions for yourself and before you do, take a moment with these 5 steps to think about how you are “opening out”, “unfolding” and “developing”.

  1. Think about how your life was 2 years ago – at the beginning of 2011 – then think about what’s going on now and how things have evolved for you.
  2. What are the major changes that have happened? (pssst – there will be some major changes, I promise you.  It’s one of the few things we can guarantee in life, that things change.  We choose how we respond to those changes.)
  3. Next, consider what’s happening in each of these areas of your life – home / work / relationships /career / finances and ask yourself “what do I want to have more of AND less of in these areas now?”
  4. Here’s where your “New Year’s Evolutions” start to form. From where you are now, for the person you are now, for what you’re doing now.
  5. Put down the following words and then finish the sentence at least 5 times “For what I want now, in 2013 I will….”.

So, with two letters tweaked your Resolutions have become your 2013 Evolutions.

Interestingly, popping an R in front of them will change them even more dramatically- but that’s a whole other story, isn’t it?  Let me know what your Evolutions are if you’d like to – I’d love to hear from you and, I’ll respond with a couple of mine!

8 thoughts on “Tweak 2 letters and change everything

  1. Hi Kay,

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU TOO! Great newsletter with fabulous questions. However, I’d like to say a MASSIVE congratulations to YOU on the progress you’ve made.

    Glamour Mag, Barclays… the list is endless. It fabulous to know that your advice is going to helping SO many more people. Wonderful progress and keep sharing the developments!!


  2. Thanks Kevin and good to hear you AND Happy 2013 to you! I’ve loved that ‘evolutions’ approach to NYear for years and so pleased it hits the spot for so many other people too 😉

    Your own inspirational piece with Maximise Potential is still going so strong….recommended Dave Sissons podcast to so many people AND have just ordered my copy of Jonathan Livingston Seagull as a result. Rock on Kevin. Kay

    1. The book is excellent Kay – a fun, light fable that can be consumed in a single sitting.

      It’s entirely about mindset – understanding that life itself is a state of mind, which is yours to shape in the direction of your choice.

      You’ll love it and may even want to create your own personal number plate as a result 😉


    1. Hello there Daphnie – thanks for your note and good to hear from you. All good things for you and your family for 2013.
      Kay x

  3. Hi Kay,
    I absolutely love your work. Thanks for the New year Evolution article. ‘Twill may a great difference in my life for 2013. Keep up the good work’

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