Happy New Year!! It’s the beginning of yet another year! I pray you’ve had a holiday filled with family and friends that left you with sweet memories. Presents have been opened and extended family members have made their voyage back home. The Christmas tree is still standing; a few lights missing but no rush in taking it down quite yet. We are settling back in to our schedules but still finding ourselves within a struggle to jot down the correct date. It’ll be 2015 for at least a couple more weeks. And that’s okay. That’s usually the case with learning or doing something new. It takes time. One day at a time before it becomes a habit.
A new year always brings hope and the chance to make a fresh change in your life. A perfect time to reevaluate the path you are on, the dreams and desires you’re pursuing, what things need to take priority, and what will ultimately have to be eliminated. It’s the perfect time for resolu . . . res . . . reso . . . RESOLUTIONS.
It’s hard to say it.
I can’t bring myself to say it without a tinge of remorse for the resolutions I’ve left stranded on the side of that road called last year. Right at the intersection of “This is too hard!” and “I can’t do this anymore!”
So, I’ve decided not to make them this year. Resolutions. This year I’ve decided to quit the ‘R’ word and try for a different approach. Instead of a list of resolutions, I’m hitting the reset button. Hitting the reset button on things I’ve seen within myself and my actions that I’d like to see change during the course of 2016.
Hopefully I’m not alone! I’m sure you’ve found your unique way to map out your year ahead – a vision board, a word for the year, a challenge. As you do, I’d like to encourage you to not only celebrate the big victories, but the small ones, too. They are the steps that bring you closer towards reaching your goals.
They do add up! A small victory can be made within seconds when you decide not buy the pair of shoes because your budget says no. Or the decision to grab the healthy snack option in lieu of that piece of cake. The temptation is there and, let’s face it, it’s screaming your name, but you’ve just taken one step closer to the top of that goal. It’s one small victory at a time until your actions reflect the change without even a thought, creating the habit you desired. Before you know it, you find yourself checking off resolu . . . ((sigh)) . . . at the end of the year!
When we gather again with family and friends and count down the last few seconds of 2016, I hope you and I are both able to look back on last year’s road and celebrate resolutions accomplished as a result of small victories that have been made along the way.
Cheering you on!