It’s the first morning of the New Year and here we are! Fresh from the previous year and ready to take on the 12 months to come. It’s a time when the traditional practice is to make the so called “resolutions” toward the New Year. Usually folks will focus on self improvement ideas such as quitting smoking, losing weight or eating a more healthy diet. These are endeavors that are certainly worthwhile and what I would call “commitment worthy”. However, I often here that people have a varying degree of success with some of these resolutions. I attended a workshop once where I heard that something in the order of 80% of “diets” meet with either noncompliance or plain old failure. It could be that some of the programs that people try are not sustainable in real life, are not realistic or the individual sets standards that are not realistic.
No matter what the resolution is, I think that it is important to commit to positive change and goals that truly fit into our lives and personal styles. The belief in ourselves as we are and the faith in our resolve to be our best in everyday (I know it sounds like an army recruitment ad) is a goal in itself. If we can get to this – I think all of the rest will follow.
If we also take the focus away from exclusively ourselves, it allows us to look around at the world and the people in our lives. A positive focus on the people around us, even strangers, gives a better chance of paying it forward, spreading the positive vibes and being happy. This all comes back to building and improving ourselves. I wish you all a Happy New Year!