Sunday, January 11, 2015

No New Year’s Resolutions ~ Who is With Me?
It has been a wonderful holiday and, truthfully, I am still celebrating! I was able to take time to truly enjoy my family and friends ~ what more could you ask?
But, as it often is with the start of any new year, many people are talking about making their “new year’s resolutions” 

They are discussing what they will be working on; losing weight (doesn’t that seem to be a perpetual goal for many), working on any number of other self-improvement goals, and even making resolutions for our professional lives and businesses.

While I applaud the desire to make positive changes through our resolutions, I am here to say that I will not be making any.

Now is NOT the Time to Make Your Resolutions!  "Tweet This"

That is not to say that I don’t welcome the idea of fresh starts, and the beginning of a brand new year seems like the perfect time for this.  By its very nature it comes with feelings of hope and possibility.

I, however, choose not to participate.

This time of year I recognize that I simply have too much on my plate to really focus on making any big decisions or setting goals.

I have to do what is right for me.

I guess you could say this is a resolution in itself, but I am opting to look at it as a way to alleviate the pressure of making resolutions right now instead.

This is not to say that I don’t believe in the need for reflection, reevaluation and refocusing.  

I have written before about why I choose the fall instead as the time of year when I make decisions about what course I am taking.

 (You can read more about this in “Fall is Really My ‘New Year’, and It Should be Yours Too!”)

It is simply that I know that jumping on the traditional “New Year’s resolution bandwagon” doesn’t work for me.  

It is too much pressure.

As I explain in the article I mention above, the holidays have taken their toll. I need to regroup, not embark on any kind of improvement course. I am not physically and mentally ready to make and stick with any “to do” list of changes

And the key here is the phrase “stick with”.

For me, that is the most important part of making any resolution.  Creating a list of what you want to work on is the easy part. It is the follow through that requires the most work.

So, instead, I will be forgoing making any resolutions at the start of a new year ~ and I will not feel guilty about it.

I will opt instead to simply be satisfied to get back in the swing of things after my holiday break.  

There is plenty of time in a month or two (or even more) to reassess.
Who is with me?
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