Well, only a few more days in 2010. I am in such a creative and productive mode this week; taking time to reflect on how grateful I am for all the wonderful people in my life and that I get to do my life’s work everyday. I am a lucky lady for sure!
With all this reflection, I am also getting a head start on my 2011 resolution: SIMPLIFY. I am busy cleaning out every closet in my house and getting rid of all the clutter. I sometimes find that I just can’t think with a lot of unnecessary junk lying around, and it seems to affect my attention on what truly matters.
During the de-cluttering, I found my journals. I have at least 20 of them starting in 1989. I was checking out the January 1st entries, and boy, I was a resolution freak! I had at least 54 of them listed each year. Things like “take my vitamins every day, call my friends at least once a week, don’t fight with my boyfriend, etc…” AND you know what, I can’t remember if I even followed through with any of them. There were too many to keep track of, and of course, that was a big set up for failure. That is why I only picked ONE goal to work on this year so that I have more of a success rate and avoid overwhelm.
Most of us make New Year’s promises with a mixture of delight and dread. On one hand, it is exciting to think of a better future, more constructive habits or a better body. On the other hand, there’s the resolution fallout and depression. You know, that time, usually around January 20th when you realize that you have officially given up on your resolution and you start to beat yourself up for lack of discipline and commitment.
Here are 3 suggestions to make this year different:
1. Break your Resolution into simple steps. Let’s say your resolution is: I want to eat healthy consistently. That can seem like a nebulous and overwhelming goal if not broken into steps. To reduce the overwhelm, break your large goal of eating healthy into tangible small goals that you can accomplish each day or each week.
2. Be clear on your WHY. We often make promises to ourselves without exactly knowing why we are making the promises. For example, you could decide to work out 4 times a week. Then in the morning when the alarm goes off at 5 am, you roll over and hit the snooze button. You convince yourself to “work out tomorrow morning.” Perhaps it would be easier to drag yourself out of bed if you decided why you want to work out. For example, you want to be strong and healthy for life and avoid the heart disease that runs in your family. The next time the alarm rings, you may be more likely to get out of bed.
3. Implement the “New Game” rule. Are you one of those people that works on the win/lose principle? You either win the game so you are perfect-no cheating and plenty of exercise. OR you make one little mistake-the one donut at the work meeting and you lose. The rest of the day becomes a free for all eating frenzy. If you participate in this sort of thinking, change your game. No one is perfect all the time or ever will be. Start a new game right after the slip up and you’ll adhere to the “no more donuts” rule. Life is a game, one that is meant to be started over and over again. Be nice to yourself. 🙂
How about you? Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? Are you a list maker? OR do you pick a few? If so, any goals for the new year? I would love to hear your thoughts so be sure to post a message below.
Here’s to a very happy, healthy and shining NEW YEAR!
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