Happy New Year! I love the sense of excitement and freshness that a brand new calendar year can bring. This time of year can also bring a lot of pressure. I recently read a card that said, “I can’t believe it’s been a year since I didn’t become a better person!” This time of year can be marked by deciding all the things that are wrong with us as we make an exhaustive list of everything that needs to change so we can be healthy, beautiful, successful, and better than ever. Some of the New Year’s Resolutions that I have tried include:
- Lose weight and get a six pack by March
- Run 3 marathons in a year
- Learn how to cook gourmet meals
- Sew all my clothes
- Become fluent in French
I admit, if something is of interest to me, I too often to take it to the extreme and it isn’t long before my French cooking lessons in my home-made apron are making me gain weight and adding minutes to my mile. It never fails that my New Year’s resolutions resolutely fail! In an effort to be “better” I end up feeling deprived, frustrated and overwhelmed. But I’ve learned some valuable lessons throughout the years, the main one being that I can become my best self at any time by making one mindful choice after another.
While the beginning of a new year seems like a great time to create a different version of myself, I’ve learned I just want to be the best me that I can be. Rather than depriving myself and creating cruel regiments to fulfill someone else’s definition of “successful,” I have learned to take a realistic look at who I actually am and finding ways to support myself in the ever-evolving process of becoming my best self.
Here are some basic guidelines if you have made some New Year’s Resolutions:
- Choose changes that are supportive and in line with your current lifestyle and abilities
- Set realistic goals for creating change—new habits might begin in the new year, but may become life-long pursuits
- Use kindness and compassion towards yourself as you change and make progress
- Make time throughout the year to evaluate progress and be willing to adjust goals
If you are interested in supporting yourself in this New Year, I have a great opportunity for you! I am offering a FREE webinar on creating meaningful habits and change and supporting your best self at the emotional, mental and physical levels. Come learn a gentle way to embrace the new year, find positive ways to discover your best self and learn how change is a process and not merely an event. Sign up today and reserve your spot for this time of support and encouragement.
I wish you good health and prosperity in this New Year, and may you find real joy in living your best year yet.
Try a Gentler Way to Becoming Your Best Self in 2017
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