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The most important change (for me) in 2023

A screen grab of last week’s calendar

Being Different in 2023

It’s the week most of us realize that our new year’s resolutions have, well, become a little less resolute. If you’re still on track with yours, bravo! And if not, not to worry. Hold it lightly, take a breath, say “how fascinating!” and reset (if you want to).

For me, my resolution (or reorientation or declaration … I’m still trying to figure out the best language) is focused on a state of being, not doing.

I’ve already got plenty to do. More than plenty. A resolution that puts more strain on my to-do list is not that wonderful.

So for 2023, I’m being a writer. This is what I intended in 2022 as well, and I talked about it, and I even wrote a new book (coming June 27th!). But I didn’t feel I really claimed it as an identity. I looked at the suit on the rack, rather than putting it on and wearing it.

This year, already, something’s shifted. I think what’s been the biggest help is ruthlessly claiming time each morning to actually write and create. (If you’re wondering, the “momentum session” in the calendar screen grab above is me working in silent companionship with other members of The Conspiracy on our Worthy Goals).

Claiming space for a new way of being is what allows a new way of doing to emerge.. 

Winston Churchill, in one of my favourite quotes, said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” He’s not just talking about architecture. He’s talking about the structures in our lives.

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.