I love this time of year. It’s fresh with possibilities. We have a clean slate. We can change or tweak many aspects of our lives. It’s a great time to reflect on what we want to do, be or have. One of the best things you can do is to start by counting your blessings. So if you haven’t yet done so, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year. Write down what you are grateful for: life, health, family, friends, home, work, freedom . . . . . . You get the idea. If you have had sadness, trauma, or negativity in your life this past year, this step is even more important. Gratitude will help move you forward in life and helps heal the pain.
Next, identify areas of your life you want to be better or different. The word “resolution” when broken down is “resolution”. It implies that there are solutions to the challenges we might have. And the solutions usually lie within us. That can be empowering. We can change.
So start with 1-3 areas you want to improve. More than that can be overwhelming. Write down what you want. Be specific and positive. Maybe you want to work on your health or relationships or spirituality. You might just want to be more positive or happier. It helps if you write down your goal. In fact, write it down and put it in numerous places: your bathroom mirror, your computer, your wallet, inside your closet door. The idea is to remind yourself repeatedly during the day of what you want. It helps to read it, write it, and say it out loud, every day, stimulating all senses. You also need to list the action steps you will take to make this goal a reality.
If you want to be more mindful, maybe you want to find some books, download an App, or connect with a group. If it’s health and nutrition, start with eating a salad every day and walking, join a gym, getting regular adjustments. If you want to be happier, find someone to help. Goals do not have to be huge. And many goals involve letting go of things. One of our practice members told me his goal is to work less in 2018. He wants less stress, more time for himself and his family. Do you have enough playtime in your life? We all need that. Most of us do best with baby steps. At the end of the day, check-in with yourself and see how you did. If you fall short, remember, tomorrow is a new day. Do not beat yourself up, just start again.
What do you want for yourself in the New Year? If you want something to be different, you will need to think and act differently. It’s going to be a great year where are things are possible.
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