The holiday season is upon us and I would like to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite Daily Resolves for the Holidays - small daily steps that can promote good health and happiness over time. In the seven years that I have studied and practiced what works and what doesn't work for making and keeping New Year Resolutions, I have learned over and over again that a simple strategy and clarity of purpose promotes success. Add in a healthy dose of common sense and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and work hard each and every day, and you will make your resolutions a reality.
Most important - as you revel in holiday activities this month - set aside time to look back and review what you achieved in 2011. Celebrate your successes, learn from your mistakes and begin plotting a course for 2012. Don't wait until New Year's Eve to begin thinking about what you would love to 'do, be, achieve, and experience' in the coming year. The biggest mistake that you can make is to jot down an alcohol-induced list of things that you hate about yourself and your life (and would love to change) at the stroke of midnight. Instead consider a more practical and positive alternative - thoughtfully pursue a passion, a dream - that one thing that promotes a sense of joy that you would truly 'love to do' each and every day.
A big lesson that I have learned in my seven year journey - being reasonable in your expectations and your approach reduces frustration, fear and a sense of being overwhelmed. Treat your New Year Resolution like a marathon - one small step after another will eventually take you to the finish line. It won't happen overnight and it won't be easy - there will be plenty of obstacles - but you will 'finish' with a sense of joy and achevement if you build a plan, make weekly course corrections and persist with patience day after day!
If you don't think you're ready to tackle a huge dream - start small by joining me in my Fourth Annual I Resolve To . . . Challenge: 365 Resolutions For Health & Happiness. The objective is very simple: Do at least one thing each and every day to promote health and happiness for 'YOU'. Banish the 'Someday, Someday, Someday Syndrome'. Instead, make every day New Year's Day. Make every day count with 'Daily Resolves'. The list of possibilities is infinite and can be tailored to your own dreams, resolutions and daily goals. If you need some help - a little nudge, a bit of inspiration, tips, advice, and news about the best ways to make resolutions a reality - please use IResolveTo.Com as one of your resources. To see my personal 'Health & Happiness Tapestry', click through my 2009-2012 Photo-Resolutions, each one documents my journey toward greater health and happiness! Resolve365 in 2012.
Remember: I Resolve To . . . Achieve My New Year Resolutions, One Resolution, One Day At A Time For One Year. It's your choice. Do it today. Turn your resolution into reality in five simple, common sense steps: Dare To Dream, Decide, Define, Develop A Plan, and Do It Daily. Make your resolution a permanent Lifetime Resolution, something that's with you for good! Above all, Be A Resolutionista, someone who makes resolutions, keeps resolutions, and enjoys the journey! Let's Go For It!
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Kim M. Simpson - December 4, 2011
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