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Daruma Lifts Sagging Resolutions


Here it is mid January.  So…how are your new year’s resolutions unfolding?  Are you one of the 67% of people who bought a gym membership in early January and is unlikely to use it?

Maybe you need Daruma power!  (No:  Jenna Elfman played Dharma on Dharma and Greg not a Daruma!)

A Daruma is a handmade papier mache doll that has been used for centuries in Japan to focus on achieving goals.  The doll has a rounded shape which allows it to bounce right back up when it’s been knocked over and gracefully illustrates the proverb “Fall down seven times, get up eight”.

Here’s how it works:

  • Buy a Daruma (many Japanese specialty stores carry them) or make a paper copy from an on-line image
  • Decide on a specific goal you want to achieve (like going to the gym at least 3 times a week!)
  • Draw in one of the Daruma’s blank eyes (that signifies you’re committed to working hard to achieve your goal)
  • Place your Daruma where you’ll see him often (his job is to be a visual reminder for you to stay focused)
  • Once you’ve achieved your goal, draw in the Daruma’s other blank eye (that signifies your thanks to him for keeping you on task) 
  • Then write the goal you achieved and the date on the back of your Daruma
  • Pick another goal and another Daruma and repeat…
  • Soon you’ll have your very own collection of Darumas…and some SMART key accomplishments for your resume 

Be inspired by a centuries old tradition.  Stay motivated with a visual reminder.  There’s no nagging or finger pointing with this technique, just fun!

Now that I’ve written this blog, I can fill in this Daruma’s other blank eye!