New Year, New You!
What’s your favorite holiday? While most would answer one of the major holiday’s like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter; my favorite holiday is New Years. Once I hit 17 or 18 and stopped waking up to a bunch of presents under the tree, I realized how cool New Years is. New Year, New You! I think it started for me while listening to the top 100 songs of the year. I would listen in my room for hours. I remember trying to stay up till midnight so I could hear the number 1 song of they year. I don’t remember once staying awake long enough and would have to wait till the morning to find out but I certainly tried.
What I loved about those moments was reviewing the year and knowing I had a fresh start when I woke up in the morning. It’s a clean slate. It’s a time to reflect on what I want to accomplish. I identify the skills I want to continue to hone, acknowledge and stop doing certain things that are not making me better (in fact, may be hurting me), and incorporate some new techniques that I’ve never tried before. It’s almost feels like a cleansing but, as a teenager, I didn’t know what that meant.
During the month of December, I get excited about January 1st. I’m able to see the possibilities in the upcoming year. What do I want to accomplish for myself this year? Is it the same thing as last year and I didn’t quite get there? If that is the same for you, it’s okay. You have another year to figure out how to make it happen. What do you need to do differently? Here is where you need to be brutally honest with yourself. If you can’t recognize your faults, you will never figure out what is standing in your way.
We all have an opportunity to be great. It’s the drive inside and the ability to recognize what we need to change within ourselves. There is no better time than New Years to take on that challenge. You get to say good-bye to the old you and welcome the person you want to become. Do you want to be a better MOTHER or WIFE? Do you want to be a better LEADER or TEAM PLAYER? Do you want to do more YOGA or PILATES? Do you want to READ more or WRITE more? What ever that is for you, New Years is the time to make it happen.
We all hear about New Years resolutions that go by the waist side by the end of January. Why is that? These resolutions were made because they make you feel better and improve your life in some way. How do you stick to these resolutions? I believe this biggest mistake we make is not writing it down. We think it, we say it, but we don’t remind ourselves by writing it down. This year make one of your New Years resolutions: writing down what you want to accomplish. Make a little note next to each point and how it will make you feel if you accomplish that goal. The shorter the list the better. I would have three (3) and no more.
Once you write down your New Years resolutions, make notes along the way. This doesn’t have to take a long time, just a few quick points about how your are feeling. In order to get in the habit, jot down something once a day. This will keep you focused and engaged with your goals. You will also be able to evaluate your progress along the way. This is your New Years Challenge! Let’s have a wildly successful 2017 and make sure it’s one for the record books. Let’s forgive ourselves for the mistakes we made in 2016 and accomplish our big dreams in 2017! HAPPY NEW YEARS!