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Tackle the New Year with new priorities and a new attitude

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


With the New Year right around the corner, January is a wonderful time to build a foundation for the goals you want to accomplish this year. Many throw themselves into new projects come January 1st, but then find that it is difficult to accomplish them. Here are a few tips to help you gain a better understanding of how to make New Year's Resolutions that actually stick this year. 1. Let the New Year bring self-acceptance. If you can appreciate who you are, that each and every day you are making a valuable contribution to your community by just doing your everyday thing (not overachieving), then you will have a much more prosperous new year. You will notice your talents more and strengthen them. You will notice your flaws more too, but you can build a plan to correct them. 2. Change your paradigm. Instead of focusing on what's wrong in your life, pay attention to what is right. Accept that you can't change the past, but you can learn from it. Trust that you have the resources within yourself to make the changes you need and want to make. 3. Self-acceptance turns crisis into opportunity. If you recognize that life is a complex and problem-filled arena designed to assist you on your quest toward wisdom and maturity (just as it is for everyone else), then when you have a problem you'll face it squarely with full self-acceptance. You'll dig in, assess, diagnose and search out the meaning. You will use all the strengths at your disposal to create workable solutions. At the end you'll be a little smarter, a little wiser, a little stronger, a little saner. I wish you a Happy New Year!


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