So, it’s the New Year again *pops open champagne and gulps it down*.
And though some people will start the New Year with resolutions and high hopes, I’m more reserved this year. Instead of writing a list of things I will do in the new year, or making a poster of the life I want, or rushing out and purchasing a gym membership (which I need after the holiday food I ate); I’m going to spend this time appreciating everything I DID do in 2014.
Crossing Off the Old List
What did you set out to accomplish in 2014? Whether it was to run a marathon or run for president and whether you achieved it or not (sorry, but we all know which would lead to failure), there were small steps taken towards that goal. Acknowledge that effort. For me, I wrote a lot, I learned a lot, and I made strides toward accomplishing my goals. I’m not where I want to be yet, but I’m definitely closer, and I’m not going to lose momentum.
Highlighting What Still Needs to Be Accomplished
Instead of making a long list of new goals this year, I’m going to hone in on my old goals. If slow and steady wins the race, then I’d rather keep going at what I started then abandon my old resolutions to begin something new. The New Year is magical because it represents an opportunity to put all efforts toward goals we have in our sights. And if the magic and knowledge from last year is coupled with this years magic and determination, I know I’ll be closer to accomplishing what I set my mind to.
Reevaluate Your Goals
Did you want to run away to the circus last year? or fly to the moon and play up there with the stars? (sorry, that was Frank Sinatra). Sometimes we outgrow our goals. We realize that what we wanted so desperately but didn’t get actually get turned out to be good for us in the long run. When we reevaluate our goals, we don’t see those items we didn’t check off in a negative light. Instead, we learn and grow from what we didn’t get, and that helps us get closer to what we really want and what is best for us.
To close, I hope 2015 brings health, prosperity, and happiness for everyone. January isn’t just a new beginning but a continuation of a lifelong journey we are fortunate enough to all be on.