New Year, New You

Here we go again… 

As we approach the New Year, we are dreading the thought of recycling those same old resolutions, and for some people, they don’t even bother anymore. Chances are, most people are feeling overwhelmed and discouraged before they even get started.

This is the time of year to reflect back on the past year and plan where we would like to be in the future. By looking at the past lessons learned and appreciating our progress, we can gain valuable insight and develop a deeper connection with our goals.

The reason why most New Year resolutions get abandoned is because we fail to create the intention behind each of our goals. This missing ingredient makes goals more meaningful, so we have more clarity, motivation, and resilience.

Before we go charging into the New Year and putting pressure on ourselves with endless lists, it is essential to slow down and mindfully create the space and time to process our feelings. This will permit us to gain new perspectives and clear intentions as to what we would like to focus on in the next chapter of our lives.

This time of the year, we have the tendency to feel more vulnerable. That’s why we need the extra time to rest, contemplate, and be more gentle with ourselves. By nurturing our mind and soul, we can become more inspired and encouraged to take the necessary action to achieve our goals.

Here are a few considerations that can support and sustain our New Year’s resolutions:

  • Replace fears with hope and optimism. Cultivate trust and courage in your abilities.
  • Replace perfection with doing your best and striving for progress.
  • Replace the need to control everything by letting go and trusting the flow.
  • Replace judgement with curiosity, keep open mindset, and don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Replace comfort zones with new adventures and taking risks.
  • Replace old habits by incorporating new ones that prioritize your health and your new life.
  • Replace old grudges by forgiving, so you can heal, be free, and find peace.
  • Replace multitasking by focusing on the most important tasks, one thing at a time.
  • Replace social media by connecting and spending more quality time with real people.
  • Replace clutter with more space and energy to allow the things you truly desire into your life.
  • Replace trying to please everyone with boundaries and staying true to yourself.
  • Replace complaining and blaming by owning your mistakes and choosing to be grateful.
  • Replace negativity with positive thoughts, feelings, and actions. 
  • Replace external noise with meditation and quiet time in order to stay in tune with yourself.
  • Replace stress with relaxation. Stay balanced by choosing healthier coping strategies.

Embrace the New Year by pressing that reset button. Make the time to create a new beginning and a new YOU.

Look forward with optimism and welcome promising opportunities.

Wishing you a healthy and happy year filled with joy, success, memorable moments, and many blessings!

Antoinette Giacobbe M.A.