Another year is about to end and a new year is at the crest of the horizon. So often we want to usher in a new year of new beginnings, celebrating the fact that the current year is headed out with its share of tough challenges and adversities. Yet, if we truly look at the scope of things that did not go in our favor, surely those things did not consume all 365 days of the year did it?
Many of us suffered losses of people in our lives, faced a devastating diagnosis, lost jobs, severed close relationships and experienced other disappointments. But before we get too anxious about ringing in the new year, let’s reflect, for a moment on what we are truly and sincerely grateful for.
We want to cloak ourselves in new clothes of resolutions, yet we have not dealt with the root of what the old clothes could possibly prevent, by suffocating the success of those new resolutions. A few years ago I stopped making New Year’s resolutions, but continue to set achievable goals throughout the year. I couldn’t lose weight if I continued with my old habits for the first two weeks or month of the new year. I had to change some major unhealthy things long before the new year began.
As I intensify my gratitude meter and de-clutter my closets of bad habits, I can still celebrate this new year, without the same old, debilitating baggage. We can’t expect progress when we self-sabotage ourselves. So get down to the root of the realistic goals you are setting for yourself, but keep in mind that if you do not have the right mindset and heart behind what you are going after, then simply nix the resolution. Don’t set yourself up for failure. That’s just my two cents.
As you sing Auld Lang Syne and clink your champagne glasses on New Year’s Eve, make it a safe and enjoyable time!