No matter how hard the past was, you can always begin again. Every day is a new beginning. My question is: Why do most people wait for a new year for it? The same pardons you will afford yourself in that “new year” you could’ve given yourself in the “old ” one. The same setbacks, the same disappointments. I am a strong believer that every second, every hour….those are the moments to begin again. I’m not big on “beginning of the week” or “beginning of the year” goals. Time restraints have always been, to me, prolonged justifications for laziness and lack of faith in oneself. I used to be caught up in time and placed heavy significance on beginning positive changes at the start of a new month, but even that got cancelled out. I began to realize that progressive changes were easier to handle. But…if you’re into tradition and plan on making new year’s resolutions, refrain from making…
The Most Common Excuses:
5. “I didn’t mean it.” – You said it, but never intended to follow through.
4. You got intimidated by someone who’s already accomplished your goals.
3. No one is supporting you.
2. You dreamed WAY too big.
1. You expected a 24-hour turn-around.
If any of those sound like familiar travesties, then here are…
The Resolutions for Your Resolutions:
5. Commit to your word.
4. Never compare yourself to the next individual. We all have different methods, make-ups, styles, and paces of doing things. At most, allow someone to be your encouragement for your triumphs, but don’t you ever feel like you fall short. If they did things “the right way”, let them be your role model.
3. If you feel like you’re trying to destroy a bad habit or begin a great one, but no one is “holding your hand” or “patting you back”, join a forum. Some amazing people lurk on them and a lot of them have good advice and fast acting tips. Contact a professional support group in your local neighborhood that can teach you positive reinforcements. All some of us need is an ounce of reassurance to keep us on track.
2. Not to crush your dreams, but try breaking down those oversized ambitions into small objectives, and WRITE THEM DOWN!
1. You spoke to the universe as well as the powers that be that you would quit smoking, lose 30 pounds, and control your hot temper, but after 24 hours you quit because “nothing changed”…I have but one question for you sirs and madams….Do you believe in magic?
With 10 days left in the year, do you really need January 1st to hit for you to have incentive? Does that day provide some magical renewing vibe, or has time caused you to believe it does? What is wrong with beginning today, December 21st, better than yesterday? Why wait another day, week, or month? To form another excuse? To pinpoint another reason you’re going to fall short before you even make an attempt? Predicting your own failure, huh? That’s not acceptable.
Did you know you can’t fail? Your mind holds the power, so shift all that negative energy you have been holding on to into something profound. We all have greatness in our hearts, but if our minds aren’t willing to endure what it takes to reach our best versions of ourselves…Well, then I guess failure becomes inevitable. But you’re better than that. Get a jump start on that New Year’s Resolution list.