All things fresh, all things new. That’s what the January calendar proudly pronounces, so thus it is. Like a fresh coating of snow over all things less than perfect around us, the new year brings a new sense of renewal and hope for the year ahead.
Whether this year you are considering a new career, a new home, a new business, adding a new baby, or even getting married, it is fun to dream about what might happen over the next 12 months, 5 years, 10 years. With each passing year we realize that time marches on somehow faster by the year anyway, so your dreams just may be closer than you think. Maybe life is perfect just the way it is, and you have other more personal goals - becoming a better employee or manager, a better parent or grandparent, or a better spouse. Of course everyone is looking for the get better quick fix, whether a health problem, sleep, weight, or physique, who doesn’t want to improve in something?
To be successful with your dreams and changes, grand and not so grand, think small, tiny decisive steps that you can take each day toward your goal. Your first step may not be even doing anything, but rather thinking and believing first that this goal is worthy, and worth your time and attention on a daily basis. Making a commitment to succeed really is the first step in success. Gathering positive feedback all around you, whether from friends or family, or even just music or books that encourage your changing vision help a ton. Taking time to set the stage for success, and then developing an action plan towards it, with accountability to those around you are a good 1-2-3 plan to get you there by 2017!
Happy New Year! Don’t forget in all of this self-analyzing to be thankful for the blessings you already have. Perfection really is unattainable. And fitting into a size 2 dress but not being able to enjoy a cupcake on your birthday isn’t going to bring happiness. Rather a healthy attitude of love and grace toward others and for yourself is really the key to happiness and contentedness, no matter your current circumstances.
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