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New Year's Resolutions? None for me. What about you?

Jan 27, 2021 01:23AM ● By Shanna Warner

After years of making and breaking some really great New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to quit. No more self-recrimination, existential guilt or all those “I should have” statements made after breaking a resolution I knew I would not keep anyway.  

During January, millions of people decide they will eat more veggies, get more exercise, lose those extra pounds and be better human beings. Great goals for sure, but good intentions at the first of the year often fade by February. It’s just human nature. Most of us focus on real change only when a crisis happens - like a health emergency, a job loss or broken relationships.   

So, how do we create true lasting change instead of broken yearly resolutions? Instead of crisis motivation, try for daily, internal inspiration instead. Here are 3 ways to get inspired!

  • Start small and celebrate each success.  

  • Stay clear on your reason WHY.

  • Keep your dreams in front of you.

Start small. Choose one single goal. You may have more, but don’t work on them all at the same time. Celebrate each little win because each little change adds up to big, lasting change. Stay clear on your reasons for making changes. A deep and personal WHY will be your best internal inspiration on the days when you want to give up. And there will be days, there are always days like that. Keep your goals and dreams right in front of you to stay excited. Write them down or journal about them. 

Or make a dream board! This is one of my favorite ways to keep my goals right in front of me - and it is much more fun than some old moldy resolution. Get a poster board, some markers and some stickers. Find pictures that represent your dreams and goals. Look in old magazines before you recycle them or find some online to print off. Write your dreams and goals on the poster board, glue on some pictures, add some stickers and decorations, and then you have a dream board. Mark and I make one together each year to hang in our bedroom. Yes, it is messy and looks like kindergarteners did it, but we are okay with that. 

Keeping your dreams and goals alive in 2021 takes effort. It takes daily focus on the small steps and each success, the clarity of why and how, and the persistent knowledge that you can! Because you really can make lasting changes in your life. Through Natural Awakenings, Mark and I are here to help bring some inspiration to you; along the way, we will be inspired by you, too!  

Thankfully, 2020 is over. We know there are still tremendous challenges ahead for all of us in 2021. Our hope for this new year is that it will be your best year yet. And ours.


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