At this time of year, many of us are thinking of the new year ahead and about changes we'd like to make in our lives or ourselves that we can put in a tidy package called a New Year's Resolution.
But I ask, why does January 1st have to feel much more important than May 7th or September 12th? Ah, I know...it's that itty bitty part of us that seeks perfection. The part that loves a very clear, very defined starting point and that loves to feel ignited by motivation. And what could be more motivating than starting something on the very first day of a brand new year?
I used to be that kind of New Year's Resolution maker...the one who met the new year bright eyed and excited with a list of life-changing resolutions in mind. Like this article says about the science behind failed resolutions, I mistakenly thought that I could follow through on that list of New Year's resolutions if only I had a bit more discipline. I even built in negative consequences to my resolution (like the money spent on a gym membership to
force encourage me to like to exercise!)
So, in defiance I suppose, I have sworn off making any sorts of changes for the last few years just because I've brought out a new calendar. However, I admit, even the anti-resolution side of me has been a wee bit excited by all of the tweets, blog posts and articles I have let myself read lately.
Maybe that's because, in early 2009, I realized that life had lost its flavor and, by April, I had decided that I was ready to put myself in the line of priority, and right in front. I later realized that this was just my inner awareness coming back to me after having been in a depression funk for a few years. With the second half of 2009 devoted to taking care of me, and sharing what I've learned with you all as well, I'm feeling very motivated to continue and see how awesome I can make 2010.
Now that I'm excited and ready to meet a new year, with an attitude of making positive changes for as many of the next 365 days as possible, I will declare my New Year's Theme for 2010 to be: Take Care of Me...the full year version!
Here are the gifts I plan to give myself in the coming months. I truly hope I get to the big gift but otherwise I will just enjoy the stocking stuffers!
(enhancing my best traits on the outside and eating well to take care of me on the inside)
This is the only body you've got.
Be kind to it.
Work with it, not against it.
Care for it tenderly and you will be a much happier person.
|Accepting the 365 Days of Decluttering Challenge for 2010|
|Continuing to live a cash-only lifestyle (started in 2009)|
To regain the inner peace I have lost during the past few years
What will your New Year's Theme be for 2010? What gifts are you going to give yourself over the coming months?
Below, I've listed some ideas to get you thinking. These were part of an email forward I received but do they ever work for new year, new you inspiration!
But, first, I would highly recommend you read Dani's insight on how to prepare for change and Leo's definitive guide to sticking to your New Year's Resolutions. They are definitely inspiring!
Never borrow from the future.
(If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.)
Simplify and unclutter your life.
Develop a forgiving attitude.
(most people are doing the best they can)
Be kind to unkind people.
(they probably need it the most)
(Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.)
Go to bed on time.
Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
Delegate tasks to capable others.
Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
Separate worries from concerns. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
Do something for the kid in you everyday.
Get enough rest.
Get organized so everything has its place.
Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
Write down thoughts and inspirations.
Sit on your ego.
Talk less; listen more.
Every day, find time to be alone.
Until next time...Take Care Of You!
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