Have you made any New Year resolutions?
C.S. Lewis said “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
Each New Year we make a bunch of promises to ourselves for the coming year. This has been a tradition for, well forever I guess; but, how many people keep those promises? I know I usually don’t. Why is that? Why is it that we have all of these awesome plans, but we rarely follow through? It might be a lack of time management, or more likely it is a lack of a dedicated belief that yes, we can do this.
Another quote I came across while researching this blog post is as follows:
I hope that in this new year to come, you make mistakes, because if you are making mistakes then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world.” ~ Neil Gaiman
My New Year resolution is to change the world I am living in, starting with where I am right at this moment in time. I am not going to start grand. I will begin with small steps. I will work on letting go of worry and stress, and removing myself from circles that bring more of that into my life. I will make a point of getting out more and surrounding myself with positive, happy people who have the same ideas and values that I do. I will get back to my yoga practice, something I know is a valuable part of my life, and I will stop making excuses for why I am not doing that.
As I release the negative thoughts and habits that I’ve been holding on to, I will create a time management plan, and stick to it, so that I can dedicate more of my time doing what I love; creating new classes and workshops to help others achieve their goals, dreaming big and following those dreams, creating art, listening to music, reading some really good books. I will stop being a work-alcoholic and start enjoying life outside of the daily grind.
And now I will stop, right here as I believe that list is manageable. I will not start out by setting up unrealistic goal, or too many goals that I know I cannot possibly fit in. That doesn’t mean that I cannot add more later, I can always add more, change it around and find new adventures. But for now, small steps.
I hope your New Year is filled with love, happiness and new adventure! Today really is the first day of this next new chapter in your life. Make the most of it!