Welcome to 2019!
I hope you all had a great time celebrating into the new year! I was asked if I had any New Years resolutions. I didn’t know how to answer because in one way, Yes – I have goals that I would like to achieve this year and No – I don’t need a new year to make a change.
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition to accomplish a personal goal or otherwise improve their life.
Just because we have come into January doesn’t mean you have to change your whole lifestyle over night. How often do your New Year’s Resolution last past January? It’s unnecessary pressure to hit goals and make drastic changes within a few weeks. Most of my accomplishments are not in January; I may begin to set up a few ideas and pursue them later in the year and that’s ok. It’s not a bad thing to set resolutions but you don’t have to do this just in January and if you fail by February give up (see previous post about how failure is not negative here: http://totesyoga.com/why-its-healthy-to-fail)
There is no shame in beginning again or when that happens
Maybe you needed a new year to turn over a new leaf and start fresh. None of us are perfect and can probably work on ourselves in some areas but we must know that our worth is intrinsic. I think it’s important to dream, write out what you’d like to achieve and how you can get there. Everyone knows life is not linear heading in one direction positively and constantly. You’ll have ups, downs and set-backs. Keep getting up and don’t be hard on yourself; you will get there at the right time.
There is no shame in making an effort to change or not
We all have areas within us that we would like to change but I feel like it is more important to focus on what you like about yourself. Don’t drive yourself crazy to change and if you ‘fail’, label yourself negatively forever. It is all about progress! It is so hard to value progress now as we live in an instant gratification society. Everything seems instant! “Get Lean in 15”, “How to get Abs in 2 weeks”, “this women lost 1 stone overnight”. Okay, I haven’t seen the last one but you get my point. Rather than going on a ‘diet’, wouldn’t you rather change your attitude and whole lifestyle towards food?
There is no shame in doing your own thing
It’s important that you live your life to your own beliefs and values and respect those with different ones. If a way of life works for someone else that’s great. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t worry about it. Live your most authentic life, be unapologetically you and enjoy the highs and lows. There is a time to make changes and there is a time to settle. Each season of life has valuable lessons and puts us on the right path eventually. I strongly believe it.
Do you have any resolutions? If so, what are they and have you set a plan about how you’re going to do it? It’s satisfying to try new things and tick things off the list as long as it doesn’t lower your self worth. Keep loving yourself, loving others and doing your best. New Year, Same Awesome You!