‘New year, new you.’ Isn’t that how the saying goes? “My New Year’s resolution is…”; “In the New Year, I am going to lose all my silly season extra kilos….” Yes, I too am totally guilty for having said this at least once before in the past.
But STOP! Don’t go jumping into writing those New Year resolutions before you have reflected on your past year, your challenges, your high’s and even your lows.
One of the first things that you could try is to allow yourself permission to be happy now, in the present moment. It is about taking a look at all the wonderful things that you have around you that fill you with pride, gratitude and joy. Maybe a moment with your children, a funny conversation with your friend, or even a wonderful place you visited. Think about your top 10 amazing moments of the year, write them down, and reflect on them.
Every year I say to myself I am going to do one thing different this year; one thing that I believe will make me a better person. Maybe it is running an extra day per week, or planning my meals a little more so I am not stressed come 5pm. Or maybe it is about being in the moment, and taking more pictures of my family. There is always something I want to ‘change’.
Not once, not ever, have I said, “I just want to continue to be me. I just want to continue doing exactly what I am doing and loving life for what it is, now, this second.”
If like me, you need to plan, then plan small things. Baby steps, little steps. By having little plans you set yourself up for more realistic goals and resolutions.
So this New Year, I am not telling myself to change or be different in any way. I am telling myself to just be.
One word. Just be.
What would your ‘one word’ be for this year?
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