It’s time for Santa to put away his 2010 checklist of who was naughty or nice, and settle in for a long winter slumber. But while Santa closes shop, I am busy getting out my pen and a paper and making a list all my own – the “What am I going to do differently this next year” list. Every December 31st, I take the time to reflect upon the year passed, and what I would have done differently, changed, or kept the same. I think about the year ahead and the romance of the New Year – a new beginning, another chance to rewrite wrongs, more time to achieve the goals I want, another year to spend with the people I love. And then I start my list of resolutions, goals and ideas for the coming year.
New Years’ resolutions are a big part of the leap into the next year, as many of us commit to change – most often about health and wellness. A new exercise plan, a new diet, attending church, etc. I think it is fabulous that so many people commit to better health in January, but unfortunately, most of these new years’ resolutions have failed by February because the goals were impractical or standards were set too high. When setting your new years’ resolutions this year, think about what is practical and what you can accomplish. Are you really going to work out 5 days a week? Or is 3 more feasible for your schedule? Are you going to switch to veganism and swear off meat in one day or is it more practical to phase out meat by incorporating more vegetables and grains into your diet?
Whatever you decide, making a commitment to improve your health each year is an important one. After all, you only have one body – and you are the only one responsible for taking care of it. By making your new years’ resolutions less intense and in more in reach, you are more likely to commit and carry them out throughout the year – and by the end of 2011, you will feel a remarkable difference! So, what are your new years’ goals for 2011? Make your list, but check it twice. Then GO MAKE YOUR DREAMS REALITY!