A Brand New Year!

It’s been a year since I last posted something. This time of year makes me think of several things and helps me put things into retrospect. It is a joyous month for everyone whether they celebrate Christmas or not. It is a time when I think about everything I’ve done this year. It there anything I would change? What can I do to make this year better than the previous one? Too often people ask me about what my new year’s resolutions are. What would you like to accomplish or change this year? My first response is, I’m going to get a gym membership, but that never really happens. So what are some of the things that we can promise ourselves and actually commit to? Should we only make these kinds of commitments when we are starting a new year?

Saying the things we want to accomplish/change is not enough and that’s why most people never make their resolutions a reality. We all have flaws and things that we hope to change about ourselves throughout the year. I think the reason some of us don’t make the changes we want is because we don’t take action right away. We always tend to postpone things that matter and help better us. So the question is when should we try to make changes in ourselves and how do we actually go through with them?

Steps we can take in order to make crucial changes in ourselves:

  1. Identify what you would like to change about yourself. What is the thing you know is affecting your life negatively. Are these changes or goals realistic? Make sure they are so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment.
  1. Take action. Don’t sit around and allow yourself to fall deeper in a routine or habit that can be detrimental to your life. Make a plan of some of the things you can do to make this new lifestyle or simply a small change in your life a reality.
  1. Get support from family and friends that encourage this new you or goals you want to accomplish.
  1. Remember that change is scary for anyone and can create anxiety. Also remember that this is all in your head and is not something tangible. Realize that we all have these feelings, but allowing them to take over our mindset will only slow down our progress.
  1. Commitment. Follow through with the plans you have outlined for yourself and think about how these changes will make you feel in the long run. This will reassure you that you are taking the right steps to improve your overall life.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Good luck and I hope this year will be great for all of us!!

❤ Sarah

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