New Year; New You
Ringing In 2012 with a Bang!
Part 1: Letting Go
The first part of moving on is making peace with your past. This means different things for different people, so you’ll have to have a little trial and error at first. But don’t give up! You’ll find what works for you, and start to feel the change once you do!
- Start by reviewing your year, and if need be, write a timeline of all events.
- Flip all the miserable memories around and think about all the lessons you’ve learned from them instead.
- Write 2011 a parting letter, and burn or store it! By burning it you are metaphorically and mentally releasing the baggage it has left you.
- Apologize to people you’ve hurt with no expectations. We feel the need to receive forgiveness, but in reality, you’ve done your part as soon as you choose to be the bigger person and apologize.
Remember: You alone have the power to change your life, and if you stumble or fall, you can always get back up!
Part 2: Write Your Resolution
Everyone makes the mistake of creating their New Year’s resolution on the fly. A resolution can be a great way to set the tone of this next year. If you are serious about your resolution, take time, think it through, and set one that you actually want to achieve. Give yourself a couple of days to create the perfect resolution.
- Make a list of the things you want the most in your life – think big without limitations! Don’t even consider the idea of getting a new partner! Think of things that will change your life for the better, and help you be what you always wanted to be.
I. The one you should pick will jump off the page at you! It will feel like your whole reason for existing. And you won’t need anyone else to tell you which one to pick. If none of them are, you’re not digging deep enough!
- NEVER tell yourself you can’t, or listen to anyone who says you can’t. You’ll spend months trying to regain the mileage it will take off your momentum.
- Work backwards: Begin with you reaching your goal, then break down what it will take in the days before you reach it, the month before, months before that, and come up to the start of January. Mark your calendar/phone/whatever with deadlines for the things you think up.
- Quantify each deadline whenever possible. Eg.: “Lose the last 10 pounds by August.”
- Be honest when setting your goal & deadlines, but don’t sell yourself short.
I. If you feel like you’re setting goals that are too easy for yourself but don’t have enough faith in yourself to raise the bar, write out a list of 30 things you kick ass at/love about yourself.
- Get any & all supplies you’ll need to get started right away! OR plan to get them (more deadlines/dates to add to your calendar).
- Create a checkpoint 6 months in with a checklist of things you needed to have done, and rewards!!! Give yourself something amazing for coming this far! You’re doing great!
- Tell the world! Now that you’ve made a fantastic New Year’s Resolution, share it with everyone and anyone!! You will be motivated by talking about it, have the support from your loved ones, and be able to share your progress with them!
Have no fear when setting your new goal and you’ll have nothing to regret when it’s all said and done!