Happy 2015 Everyone!!!!
I always know it’s the beginning of a New Year when the television is bombarded with weight loss and smoking cessation commercials (and now scary enough, pharmaceutical ads for everything from depression to abnormal laughing outbursts… odd).
I love the New Year! To me it’s like a fresh start or a new beginning, to cultivate all the lessons I learned the year before to grow further throughout the next year. Many times we don’t know how much we’ve grown unless we look into the past a bit (since growth can be so subtle we aren’t aware of it unless we look at what we’ve been through). It’s like if you see your friend’s kids once every few months, they’ve grown so much in comparison to the last time, but their mother doesn’t see it as abruptly because they see them everyday (until your remind them of how they were the previous time you saw them). To review my growth, I like to reflect on the year that just past. What happened and how did I react? What lessons did I learn (the hardest ones provide the most information about ourselves) and what lessons am I still learning? Growth also is not just physical growth – it’s also mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial. When confronted with the same stressful condition, do you react differently? Do the same stressful events not “bother” you as much? Then that is growth, and relish in it!
I am a fan of the New Year, but I am not fond of resolutions. I find resolutions to be far-fetched, untangible, and many times created out of fear, guilt or peer pressure. If a goal doesn’t feel authentic, then it’s going to be doomed to fail from the start! That’s why resolutions are not “solutions”, despite their catchy name. However, lifestyle changes, or conscious efforts to work towards lifestyle goals with a plan, has the highest probability of success. Come up with 1-3 realistic, tangible goals for the future year and put a plan in place to achieve them. Remember, there is no fast way to evoke change, it comes naturally and slowly (that’s how it sticks!). You need to walk before you run at full speed and it involves practice. Put a plan and routine in place, and forgive yourself for any setbacks that occur. Most people don’t put a plan in place to begin with because with they are afraid of failure. Failure is a natural state of life and it is needed. We have to fall in order to get back up again and know that although it hurts, that’s the best way to learn (and in the end, we will be okay). Just have enough faith in yourself to get up and try again.
Best of luck in this New Year! Try something new, put a plan in place, and accept all the lessons that come from it.