I hope that everyone has enjoyed their holidays and have cherished the memories of Christmas’s past. Now it is time to look forward to the New Year with a sparkle in our eye and a “pep” in our step. The New Year brings on a “fresh start” feel to our lives that should come from the heart. It may have many different meanings to each of us and it is meant to be that way. There is no “one right way” to set up your New Year’s goals or resolutions. So many of us get caught up in the hype of the media pushing us to think that their ideas is what you should do. Look inside your soul as to what may interest you, inspire you, motivate or challenge you. Whatever it is for you…think of it as your new beginning. A “rebirth” if you would, into yourself!
I do feel that your New Year should be about YOU, not necessarily about work, family or commitments. If your goal is to have a better relationship or career, you still need to start with yourself. So set your goals appropraitely. Do not set “Monster resolutions” that are going to take most of the year, if not more to accomplish. Set a small goal or a series of small goals. FEEL GOOD about each step in the process. Too often we set ourselves up for failure by setting an unobtainable or unrealistic resolution/goal.
Here are some helpful tips:
1. Involve loved ones in your resolutions, if possble. The more you people you can tell your resolution to, the more cheerleaders you create along the way. There is no shame in asking for help!
2. Reward yourself for obtaining each small step in your resolution.
3. Write things down everyday. Whatever your goal is, keep a log of your progress by journaling. When we write things down, we tend to hold ourselves more accountable. Also, when we read it everyday, it gives us more motivation to keep true to ourselves.
I hope these tips have been helpful. Remember to make it light, rewarding, and all about YOU. Good luck and Happy New Year!