As we bid farewell to 2017, many of us will start to craft our New Year’s resolutions; but have you ever noticed that resolutions seem to point out all the things that are wrong about ourselves? Resolutions often take shape in things like: weight loss, making more money, etc. Have you also ever considered why the majority of resolutions fail? It’s for a combination of reasons, like unrealistic expectations or impatience with the results.
Instead of making resolutions that bring attention to the negative aspects of your life, perhaps a better option this New Year, is to focus on positivity and embrace the opportunity to appreciate your life and all the people in it.
Here are a few things you can do instead of making resolutions, that will make you feel great in the process:
- Make a list of your favourite memories: jot down a list of all of your favourite memories, accomplishments and challenges you faced with courage. Looking back at all you’ve done in 2017, will bring forth a lot more inspiration than looking at what you didn’t accomplish.
- Write yourself a letter from the future: write yourself a letter dated January 1, 2019, looking at all of the amazing things you did in 2018. This optimistic approach to planning has been shown to manifest success and motivation.
- Make a list of what you’re grateful for: while the coming of another year brings about the desire to change things, you should first consider what you’re grateful for. If you make a gratitude list first, you might find your wish list for 2018 might look much different.
And a reminder to treat every step along your journey like a cause for celebration.
“Every piece of self-awareness that we have helps us to connect to what we’re experiencing. So each recognition is a success. Even small achievements are achievements.” — Kim Barthel from ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’
We can see ourselves succeed further and more often in our healing process, if we learn to recognize when positive change are being made.
“You have to celebrate all the baby steps along the way!” — Theo Fleury from ‘Conversations with a Rattlesnake’
Stay on your course, and let yourself feel those wins whether they are big or small. Have a very happy New Year!