I get excited every year when January rolls around. The whole month represents a new beginning. Not only is it a time of reflection, it is also an opportunity to craft a new vision for the 365 days ahead.
Several years back, I made the conscious decision to shy away from the typical resolution list (exercise more, eat healthier, etc.). I decided to take a more holistic approach, electing to improve my mind, body and spirit. This approach meant I had to do more than set some loose guidelines (which I would probably loosen and all but forget by March). It meant permanently shifting certain aspects of my life for a full calendar year.
For example, one year I committed to completing 2 marathons, biking from San Francisco to LA, reading at least 4 books, and (perhaps the most challenging of them all) integrating self-compassion and removing critical thoughts from my mind. This set of yearly goals demanded dramatic changes in the way I lived. It made the entire year an incredible and challenging journey.
Through this journey, I learned that all the things we want to achieve in life are possible with full commitment. This upcoming year, dare to do more with your resolutions. Write down what you really, really want to do this year and do it. Commit and be courageous. You may find that the year long process is more rewarding than the year end results.
Happy New Year.
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