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“Antiresolutions” in the New Year: Catalyzing Growth by Removing What Doesn’t Align

December 30, 2023 at 8:00 am - 10:00 am PST

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When contemplating New Year’s resolutions, the common approach often involves adding more to an already full plate. What if, instead, we set ‘antiresolutions,’ goals to remove things and make space for flourishing, wellness, and improved performance—everything we truly treasure? Join the discussion facilitated by Jacob Huber, founder of Revolutionary Character!

Are you maintaining specific relationships out of momentum rather than investing in depth? Is the intensity of your HIIT workouts draining energy better used for creative pursuits? Perhaps too many projects are crowding out your true passion? 

Join us to discuss and bring your ‘antiresolutions’ to the table, aiming to open up space for everything you truly cherish in the new year!

True growth aligns with a ‘subtractive’ model, asserting that everything necessary for thriving already resides within us. The real work lies in uncovering these internal gifts rather than adding external elements. Much like Michelangelo skillfully chiseled away excess marble to reveal the magnificent image of David, let’s connect with our authentic nature by discerning and removing factors that hinder our well-being to create space for what we really care about.

“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”

The Metaphor of David, attributed to the Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarroti


We will discuss the following questions, please take 15 – 30 minutes to reflect on them in silence before the salon, ideally handwritten. 

  • How do you currently approach goal-setting, and do you find yourself often adding more goals without considering removal of things that don’t align?
  • How can the process of subtracting elements from your life contribute to creating mental and emotional space for your well-being and personal growth?
  • Do you currently have a clear understanding of your top priorities, or are you dealing with a situation where having many priorities is diluting your ability to focus?
  • How do you personally define success, and do you believe subtractive growth aligns with or challenges your current definition?
  • In the context of Michelangelo’s metaphor, what internal gifts or strengths do you believe are already within you, waiting to be uncovered or emphasized?
  • Have you encountered resistance or hesitation when contemplating the removal of certain elements from your life? How might you overcome this resistance?
  • What specific, subtractive goal can you commit to in the new year? How will this unlock greater thriving and wellness in your life? What cherished activities or pursuits will this make room for?

Remember that your goal must be specific, measurable, and timebound to maximize chances of success.

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December 30, 2023
8:00 am - 10:00 am PST
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