Christmas has come and gone. Even Women’s Little Christmas has gone by, and we are left with the shards of the resolutions we made for New Year. Some of these lie broken at our feet, and others have already blown away in the wind.
Our intentions had been bright and shiny when we made those resolutions. Most of them were things we believed we would be better off for doing, but not so much better off that we could easily find the energy to actually get down and do them. For many of us, our resolutions are based on a desire to improve our money situation, whether by making better career choices, or simply by finding good ways to pay off our debts.
Others of us want to improve the relationships we have with our families and friends. Sometimes this involves seeing a counselor, often it means paying better attention to what our hearts tell us to do.
Improving our health is another favorite resolution, whether by disciplining ourselves to eat less, or smoke less, or drink less, or exercise more, or all of the above at once.
Generally, by the second week of January, these resolutions have fallen by the way. It may be that we forget that our will powers are weak and work best when we only push one or two problems at a time onto them.
Someone said that it would be more realistic to set up one or two goals for the entire year ahead. These should be things that you would really like to achieve. Once you have chosen your goal, sit down with a pen and paper, or a computer if you think more easily over a keyboard, and line up what you need to do each month, in order to meet your goal by 2016.
For those of us who like to play with calendars and lists, you can break each monthly goal to things you need to accomplish each week, in order to achieve your goal. But all that planning is time and energy consuming, and you want to put your energy into actually doing the things that would help you meet your goal, even though it does help to break your goal down into increments that appear to be easy to accomplish, at least on paper.
The other thing to remember when making New Year’s goals is that life happens, often when we are making the very best of plans. Finally, the most important thing to remember is to;
Dance as if no one is watching.
Sing as if no one is listening.
And live every day as if it were your last.