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Ringing in the New Year!

1451599297 2016I pondered (for a few seconds) over the topic for our January blog. Like I said, only for a few seconds and then it hit me. It’s the NEW YEAR! New beginnings; that time when we can all start fresh. 365 days to explore! 365 rocks to turn over. An amazing opportunity is handed to us each and every New Year!

What is one thing that people seem to focus on at this time? (Besides the Holiday credit card bill coming in)? RESOLUTIONS! I hear people at the gym, in line at the store, the bank, all chatting about what changes are coming for them on January 1st!

First of all, I never quite understood the reason for waiting for the New Year to make a change. I have been more of the mindset that if it needs fixing; fix it now. However, it seems that the practice of New Year’s resolutions goes back to ancient times. The traditions have changed but the basic premise is the idea of renewed hope.

I think this quote sums it up quite nicely: ‘Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits’. ANONYMOUS

I prefer to put a more positive spin on things. So, I am offering you a bit of a new twist on an old theme.

If you are looking to start the year off with a change for the better, and why not, then start with a positive frame of mind. Instead of saying ‘I need to lose 20 pounds’ (I am fat) or ‘I need to visit my parents more often (I am not a good child) try replacing these thoughts with positive ones. ‘I would sure feel better if I shed a few pounds and my health would benefit from it as well’. ‘I can’t wait to see Mom and Dad more; it’s so much fun sharing stories with them’.

All change takes time. Be patient as you train your mind to look at the positive. If you slip and find yourself eating a bag of cookies, don’t scold yourself. Ask yourself ‘why am I eating these’? Am I sad, or stressed or anxious? Find reason for your action.

It may help to look at years gone by; resolutions NOT met AND LET THEM GO. They don’t matter. Be kind to yourself as you go through this exercise.

Replace expecting wealth and happiness this New Year with asking for this New Year to be a journey of joy and wonder.

Accept what the New Year brings and, as I said before, if you find something is broken, don’t wait to fix it. Ask why it is broken, does it need to be fixed and find a gentle way to make it right.

Choose ONE thing to be your focus of 2016 and let this guide you. A simple sticky note on your computer should help you stay on track. But, above all, if you stray from your path, don’t beat yourself up. Gently put yourself back on track and carry on.

I wish you all the best in 2016; a 2016 filled with all the wonderful things that life is waiting to bring to you!