We’ve all made well-intentioned promises to do better in the new year, but it’s usually not long before resolutions are left by the wayside. Resolutions don’t work because in addition to determination or even desperation, real lasting change requires a strategy.
Set goals that are: * Specific * Measurable * Reasonable * Attainable
Breaking your goal down into smaller, readily achievable steps will make staying with it easier. It will also help you see your progress. You also need a way to measure you goal. How will you know when you get there? For encouragement find people who are supportive of your goals and stay with them.
There will be times you want to quit. Keep your reason for wanting this change in front of you — literally. Post it on your bathroom mirror, send yourself a daily e-mail, whatever it takes. Create affirmations and repeat often.
Whatever lifestyle changes you are making remember, you can do it. One step at a time.
Don’t you love that life is full of second, third, fourth, fifth chances
and even more if we need them? The Universe seems to be continually encouraging us to get it right.
New Year’s Eve can be a time to let go of the things that have not served us well, or have held us back in the old year. Some traditions hold a “burning bowl” ceremony where everyone writes down one thing they are ready to let go of and then the individual pieces of paper are actually burned. There is a profound sense of release that takes place as the paper burns.
So what is holding you back this year?
I release and let go of the things that have held me back and move into the new year with love, peace and gratitude. And so it is. Thank you God.
“In every moment you have the option to choose peace for yourself.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
Please join me tomorrow on the eve of another New Year by praying for peace in the world, but first in our hearts. If there is a Peace Vigil or World Peace Meditation in your community please join with your friends and neighbors in praying for peace. Of course you can also do this on your own. Some people actually welcome the New Year with prayer and meditation at midnight while others join in the World Peace Meditation at noon GMT. For some of us this means getting up in the wee hours of the morning but is well worth making the effort.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”