The Best Faces on Flickr 03/2006
By Zohar Manor-Abel, shared via Flickr

To begin 2014, I have a simple question for you: Who do you want to be this year?

You, like me and everyone else I have met so far, have many different selves inside.  It is almost like we have an inner choir of voices, often singing in different keys. You might have a worried self that tends to agonize about money and a jaded self that feels skeptical about getting too close to people and a hopeful self that wants to have an impact on the world…and many other selves that have conflicting feelings.

The themes might be different for each of us, but the truth is clear: moment to moment, we can choose who to be.

Every action you take and attitude you hold comes from some version of your self. So, change who you are being…and you truly change your life.

The very first step is to be mindful (pay compassionate attention) to who you are being. You might ask yourself: How do I feel right now? What does this version of myself believe? How am I acting right now?

Instead of creating resolutions for 2014, set a simple intention instead–Be your most true self. And when you aren’t sure who that is, be compassionate with yourself. That compassion and awareness will lead you back home.