Studies indicate that less than 25% of people are still committed to their New Year’s resolutions come February – and a measly 8% actually accomplish them.

Perhaps this is because resolutions lack one key factor – adaptability.

A resolution as a firm decision to do or not to do something.

An aspiration, on the other hand, offers us guidance and inspiration while also recognising that life rarely goes to plan.

The word aspiration comes from the root ‘to breathe.’ Our aspirations are our most fundamental desires. An aspiration has the power to both ground and inspire us.

Aspirations are less constrained by cherished plans. They support us to live and work with focus and passion – while also holding things lightly.

Aspirations have the potential to guide us towards the creation of a working life that is aligned with our core values and congruent with our true essence.

They can empower us to choose what we do, and how we do it with greater clarity, confidence, freedom and integrity.

My aspirations for 2023 are to continue to share my new book Being True with big-hearted leaders across the world, to have honest, brave conversations about what’s really getting in the way of us being more courageous, more compassionate, more creative, more playful, more curious and more collaborative at work. And to guide more leaders to liberate their highest potential by restoring trust in their deepest selves.

What are your aspirations for 2023?  

We are not cabin dwellers, born to a life cramped and confined; we are meant to explore, to seek, to push the limits of our potential as human beings. Eknath Easwaran