Positive New Year’s Resolutions
Each January, most people make New Year’s resolutions: lose weight, get in shape, save money, and so on. I think reflecting on your past year is a great way to add direction to your life in the coming one. It’s easy to beat yourself up over the things you didn’t do so well at. Instead of reflecting on the negative, I’m choosing to remind myself of goals I made the year before; what I did well, and what needs improvement. This seems like a healthier way to handle New Year’s resolutions. I recognize that I’m not perfect, but there are areas that I feel really proud of. I want to continue to build upon those and gain encouragement to do better on the rest.
What’s Your New Year’s Word?
I’ve read quite a few articles recently on choosing a word, kind of like a theme, for the coming year. Give your New Year’s resolution a name. I think this is a great way to focus on the ‘flavor’ you want the new year to have. Maybe if getting into shape is your goal, strength would be your word. If saving is your thing, frugal or discipline are good choices. I think my word for this year is going to be Intentionality. As I look back on my goals for last year, I feel really encouraged about what I’ve accomplished. Rather than create new resolutions, I want to continue on with the ones I chose last year. To do this, I see that I need to be very intentional about my attitudes and choices. So, My New Year’s resolution is to follow the path I started this time last year because it is bringing me closer to the life I want.
Tiny Steps To Big Goals
Goals are funny things; each day is made up of hundreds of seemingly harmless choices that can make or break your path to reaching them. Realizing this shouldn’t fill your heart with indecisiveness or fear about making choices, but rather, encourage you that each good one brings you closer to your chosen goal. It’s like that saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” This attitude can make achieving what you want so much more attainable. Small, intentional choices along the way make change seem less overwhelming. I’ll give you some examples from my life…
I have written quite a bit about being frugal and living simply. The reason behind this is a goal my husband and I have made to get out of debt and save more. Being successful at this means more options and freedom for the life we’re aiming to create. This goal is an admission that we’ve been far from perfect in our financial choices. Rather than focus on the negative here, I am choosing to follow a different thought process: I’m thankful that we realized at a relatively young age that we needed to change in order to reach our goals. A positive focus can make the journey joyful rather than penitent.
More on our journey to financial freedom later.
Live And Learn
For now, I want to encourage you to celebrate what you did well last year. Don’t ignore your shortcomings by any means; our failures are excellent teachers when we look at them honestly. Look at the good, bad and ugly. Then, decide where you want to end up. You can’t begin or finish a journey unless you map the route. What will your path be this year? What daily choices can help you make each step? Once you identify your destination, try to focus on what you need to do today to get there. Focusing on today rather than the whole year will make each day an accomplishment.