week #12 in an experimental year…

One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year.  My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.

I love being an American.  The freedom and privileges humble me. And I’m honored to do my part.

I don’t love doing my taxes though.  In fact, I dread it.  For years, I’ve spent more time dreading preparing my taxes than it actually took me to complete the preparation part.

So this year I choose to make tax-time a new experience.   That was my experiment for this week.

I put on my favorite comfy outfit.  I poured some homemade lemonade.   I brought out my favorite chocolate (in moderation, of course :)). And I listened to a special ITunes Tax Day PlayList.   Then I simply got the job done.

Ya know what?

It worked!

An event I dread every year became an event I actually enjoyed.

This experiment became much less about the taxes and more about choosing to change my perspective of it.

How has changing your perspective of some you dread affected you?


5 thoughts on “week #12 in an experimental year…

  1. Oh yeah-taxes! We really need to get that done. That’s not what I really dread though. I’m going to try your experiment out with a few of things I’m not looking forward to- several of which I need to do TODAY.

  2. I, too, have found that doing all I can to make a dreaded task more appealing helps so much. (And, of course, chocolate has healing and persuasive powers. 😉 I’d somehow absorbed that buckling down and being spartan was the way to tackle hard things. But over the past few years, I have found myself much more likely to complete dreaded tasks if I treat myself with a bit of kindness. Speaking of, I need to mop my kitchen floor . . . where’s the chocolate??

  3. It’s all in the perspective! And learning to change mine is a challenge I am learning to take on one day at at time!

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