A different perspective on New Year's resolutions

There is something magical about the fresh turn of the calendar at the beginning of a new year.  Everyone likes a fresh slate and in the midst of all our busy schedules it feels good to have a moment where it makes sense to sit down and map out some goals.

But often--too often, I’d say--we use those resolutions to fix the “problems” we feel we face.  It’s a natural inclination, but to some extent it encourages us to start the new year dragging last year’s problems with us.  Weight, diet, and exercise are often the focus and we all set out with the particular brand of January Energy that burns so bright and then fades as regular life comes back into play.

But instead of throwing resolutions to the side, why not use that renewed energy and sense of  purpose to focus on how you want to grow. What do you want to gain? What can you do to foster a stronger sense of self?

Most importantly I want you to remember you are worthy of your goals.  So let yourself dream and imagine and don’t be the one to shoot down your own ideas.  And then get to work figuring out what steps you need to take to get there. No one else is going to make your dreams happen for you, but that’s actually a good thing.  It means you hold the power.

Jessie BarnesComment