Monday, January 2, 2012

How to Keep Your New Year Resolutions

A New Year Resolution is all about wanting something to be different.
It moves from being a wish, a want, a desire or a hope by resolving and deciding, choosing, making up your mind – or we could say by ‘making a firm decision’.

Ahhh, but that’s not the last firm decision that has to be made.

If you ‘resolve’ to eat ‘healthier’ for whatever reason,
a firm decision is required each and every time you choose to eat (that does include snacking).

If you ‘resolve’ to be nicer/more pleasant to a friend, co-worker or family member,
a firm decision is required each and every time you communicate with that person – whether it’s face-to-face, on the phone or through some form of electronic messaging.

If you ‘resolve’ that you’re not going be so stressed out at work,
a firm decision is required each and every time something happens that upsets you.

If you ‘resolve’ to do, or do more of something: learn a foreign language, play and instrument, walk, read, exercise, meditate, whatever --
a firm decision is required each and every time it’s time to learn, study, practice or do.

Those Firm Decisions ‘steady’ us. From what? The bouncing back and forth of our thoughts.
     Eating better: I want to eat this --- but I know ‘the other’ this is better for me.
     Being nicer: I want to totally blow off answering that comment my Mother texted me --- but I will answer her in a calm, rational way.
     Less stressed at work: I really want to tell Mr. X, the boss at work that the new idea that management decided on stinks, it’s crazy, and I’m not going along with what everyone in the department has to do --- but I know that’s not the best or wisest action for me to take.
     Doing more of a ‘good thing’: I know I should, part of me wants to because I said I would --- but I don’t feel like it.

Each firm decision frees up your energy to ‘do’ – to do whatever you determine the right thing is for you to do!

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