a clean slate
A New Year
a clean slate
an opportunity to start over! This is the
time that we are motivated to set goals (e.g. to lose weight, manage our finances
better, start a regular exercise program). Then at the first slip, it is so easy
to give up.
our fresh start this year can begin with an acknowledgement of our human-ness.
"To err is human"
we are not perfect. We will not always adhere
to the diet, budget, or exercise program, but that doesn't mean we have to abandon
our plans. Instead it means picking ourselves up, refocusing on our goals and
getting on with it. We need to forgive ourselves for occasional slips and not
let them deter us. Frequent slips indicate the need for further reflection. What
are the feelings and circumstances that trigger the slips? Can we avoid them or
handle them in a more positive way? Are we really committed to our original goals?
Perhaps they need to be modified. Are they, in fact, our goals, or are they someone
else's goals for us? Other people's goals are rarely satisfactory motivators for
our changes. If we are really committed to the goals but they are large (e.g.
losing 20 kg), we may need to break them into smaller, more manageable chunks
(e.g. losing 5 - 6 kg in 3 months). Each small success increases our self-confidence
and self-esteem and motivates us to keep working toward the next level. Support
from family or friends also helps to keep us on track. Whatever we are working
toward this year, it is important to give ourselves time to reflect on both our
dreams and our blessings.
you are a resolution-setter or not, New Year's is always a valuable time for reflection
and refocusing on our priorities. If we focus primarily on either the past or
the future, we are missing all that we really have.
Yesterday is gone,
and tomorrow is uncertain. Today is a gift. Be grateful for it. Today is life,
not a dress rehearsal!