New Year’s Resolutions

27 Dec

The New Year is upon us and you know what that means.  It’s time for new year’s resolutions.

It’s the end of the old and the beginning of the new.  A great time to take stock in what you’ve accomplished this year and dream big for 2011!

Making a list of your accomplishments can be really encouraging and inform your plans for the new year.

What did you do this year?  Did you change your hair, move, start dating someone new?  Did you achieve the level of health you wanted this year?  What about connecting with others, did you make new friends and strengthen your cherished relationships?

Being able to look over your credits for the year can also reveal some gaps.  You may have been so focused on the physical that you mostly left out spiritual goals.  Perhaps you were so busy with the intellectual at work that you missed out on some creative emotional expressions.  Imbalance can point you in the right direction towards balance.

When you still yourself to decide what you want most for the new year, you may find that it’s not adding to, but deleting something from your routine.  Maybe you want to smoke or drink less.  Maybe you crave more time with your family, so less time at work is necessary.  Less intake at each meal and less mind-less time in front of the TV are fabulous goals, anytime.

Yes, sometimes less is more.

One word of warning.  Beware of great expectations!  As humans, we are commonly inclined to make big, impossible demands upon ourselves.  How many times have you tried to give up a habit “cold turkey?”  Then less than 3 days later, you’re right back at it.  Sometimes, even forgetting you have this new goal because you’re so accustomed to your usual habits.  Then there’s a downward spiral emotionally because you didn’t live up to the grand plan.

Save yourself the heartache and feel free to set small, easy to reach goals.  Moving in the general direction of your ultimate goal is much better than wanting to do it perfectly and accomplishing nothing.

Stubbornly avoiding an opportunity to do something new for fear of not getting it right the very first time is actually the definition of a “frustrated perfectionist.”  I know a little something about this.  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to get it right and do it well but there’s a good reason why they say “practice makes perfect.”

It can require a great deal of courage to try something new.  Accomplishing nothing is much worse than figuring out what does not work for you by trial and error.  Don’t let years pass you by to protect your fear.  Take a leap, even if it’s a little one.  It’s safe to try something new.  You have my wholehearted permission!

Dream big, take one step at a time and celebrate your accomplishments, great and small.  Happy New Year!

3 Responses to “New Year’s Resolutions”

  1. fractallove December 27, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Love it..! %^)

    Like

    • Lynn Van Noy December 28, 2010 at 11:03 am #

      So glad you stopped by!

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      • fractallove January 1, 2011 at 12:46 am #

        Happy 2011..!
        I’m happy you had a good time in wonderlustland… %^)

        Like

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