New Year’s Resolutions That Last A Lifetime!

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As every New Year rolls around most of us start thinking about our resolutions for the new year. How many of us actually remember the ones we made the previous year? What makes these resolutions so short lived? Is the whole concept for not? How can we make this yearly ritual something that has a more lasting effect on our lives?

The idea of pausing and thinking about areas we want to change or improve is a great one. However, often we make these new year’s resolutions with haste and without a plan. Maybe your goal is to drop 20 pounds or start exercising more. Or maybe you want to give up a bad habit such as smoking or eating fast food. These are great ideas; however, there needs to be a heartfelt commitment behind them for the change to occur. Impulsivity usually only motivates for the short-term.

I am purposing that you take a broader perspective on their new year’s resolutions. I am encouraging you to commit to making your life the life you want to live and embrace. First and foremost make the conscious choice to be the active director of your life. What? What do I mean by that? How many of you feel like you are walking around life just waiting for the next shoe to drop or next turn in the road to come? It is easy to get discouraged and just respond to life instead of being more proactive in creating the life you want. This is not about being able to control everything; however, it is about being aware of what is happening around you and of how you want to respond to it. This is the opposite of putting your head in the sand.

One of the most important ways of actively directing your life is to become clear about what you value most. What is most important to you in life? Is it the amount of money you make in a year? Is it about the car you drive or the house you live in? Or is it important to you to have good friends and strong family connections? What about giving back to your community or having a reputation of one with integrity. Resolve to get clear about what you value so that you may feel more content in life.

As you become clearer about what is important to you, you can commit to building your life in alignment with your values. When your life and value system are congruent, you will be more self-content and usually more successful. Your fullest, most creative self will be available when you are living in harmony with your inner most values. This is the truest way to happiness.

My hope is that at this time of year you will invest a little more energy into evaluating your life overall. Put a little more thought into your new year’s resolutions so that at the end of the year you will not only remember what resolutions you made January 1, but can also do a “year end” summary of your improvements!

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