We arrive every year at what our calendars deem to be the beginning of THE NEW YEAR with the optimists looking forward to it with delight and anticipation and the pessimists who dread it, worrying about the future. Hey it’s just a calendar! Why not take it in stride, laugh with it, laugh at it, but, most of all: LAUGH – and laugh out loud so the whole world can hear you!
HONORING NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
The reason we rarely follow through on resolutions is because of four annoying facts:
The first fact is that we get too grandiose in our goals, creating too many high hurdles for ourselves to achieve.
The second fact is that we fail to take those resolutions and break them down into much smaller goals that are easier to achieve.
The third fact is we allow those striving goals to drag on far too long, killing our enthusiasm that began the journey in the first place. Choose goals that can be achieved in short spurts of time like a few days or a few weeks. Once you let it drag on too long it is easy to get discouraged and then you end up abandoning your resolution.
And the fourth fact? Waiting all year long to suddenly make a course correction is like taking an old ruin of a 100 year old house and finally deciding to renovate it and so it becomes a dizzying course of action.
2013 ADVICE AND TIPS
Do yourself a favor; make small personal Life corrections all year long and then you can celebrate how much progress you’ve made for the year. Instead of piling a “To Do List” onto yourself at the beginning of a new calendar year, celebrate with a “Finished List” like a birthday celebration of good things. That way you celebrate what is best about yourself instead of worrying about what is not perfect.
Treat yourself kindly, make small personal Life corrections often all year long and then you can breathe a sigh of smug relief when each NEW YEAR begins! Excerpts taken from thesocialpoets.blogspot.ca
A few quotes to begin the New Year:
Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.
Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average… which means, you have met your New Year’s resolution.
P. J. O’Rourke
The proper behavior all through the holiday season is to be drunk. This drunkenness culminates on New Year’s Eve, when you get so drunk you kiss the person you’re married to.
An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.
We’ve been given lots of chances so let’s hope we make it right this year!