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. And if there is one thing we have learnt from the pandemic, surely it’s to expect the unexpected.

In my previous life as a business executive, I worked extensively with Agile Methodologies. I loved the way Agile ways of working dissolved organisational hierarchy and functional ‘silo’s’ – but what I loved most about Agile was the understanding that the first plan is the worst plan.

Studies indicate that less than 25% of people are still committed to their resolutions come February and a measly 8% actually accomplish them. This is because resolutions lack one key factor – adaptability.

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 not constrained or defined by goals or plans and are not subject to disappointment. Aspirations are adaptive and support us to live and work with passion, while also being at peace with whatever happens. When we are guided by our aspirations, we can let go of failures and hold onto lessons and learnings – all the time gaining more clarity. When we are guided by our aspirations, we can be more courageous.

Aspirations have the potential to guide us towards the creation of a working life that is aligned with our highest values and with the truth of who we are. In times of struggle and disorientation, our aspirations serve as our North Star.

Being clear on our aspirations and embodying our essential nature is a powerful combination. We are empowered to choose what we do, and how we do it with clarity, confidence, freedom and integrity

Self-Fidelity Practice To Play With

The practice of self-fidelity invites us to get clear on our aspirations.

Here are five burning questions to guide you:

  • How might getting clearer on your aspirations uplift your working life in the year ahead?
  • How might getting clearer on your aspirations uplift others in your life?
  • What are your highest aspirations  for your working life?
  • Is there something you need to give yourself permission for, in order to orient towards your aspirations?
  • What can you let in in order to fire-up the courage and vitality you need?
  • What can you let go of to generate more forward momentum?


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