New Year Resolutions

Well, here it is again.  The end of a year and the beginning of a new year.  Personally, I don’t think January 1st is the ideal time to stop a bad habit or start new healthy habits.  Everyone is exhausted from a busy holiday season, the days are short, it’s cold, and our energy levels are low.   I think spring would be more fitting to embark on an exercise program or to give up sweets. 

However, it’s never a good idea to put off healthy changes.  I also like the idea of new beginnings and a new year is a new beginning.  So I’ve decided to start talking about changes; that is, how to best make a plan, implement the plan, and follow through on the plan so that the change becomes a life long habit.  

If you’re reading my blog, you’re probably looking to make some change in your life.  So whether your goal is to stop smoking, lose weight, change careers, improve relationships, and so on, my intention is to give you practical tools and help for making these changes possible.  Making a change in your life may look simple, but it’s almost never easy.  In the coming days, weeks, and months, I want to break down this process so that success is possible.

If you’re ready to make a change, I suggest you start with taking an inventory.  There are various ways to do this, but I like my clients to start with a simple list.  Use the following life areas to start your list.  Think about your life as it is.  Do you like things as they are?  If not, what do you want to be different?  How do you want it to be different?  Do you want more of something, less of something, or a complete change?  If you already know what you want, you can be specific in writing your list.  However, if you don’t know what you want, don’t worry about it.  This is just a place to get started.  

  1. Health (weight, exercise, illness or health condition, etc.)
  2. Financial (income, savings, debt, budgeting, etc.)
  3. Work (job/career, education for career change, starting a business, etc.)
  4. Relationships (family, friends, love, coworkers, etc.)
  5. Home (own or rent, moving, remodeling, possessions, etc.)
  6. Travel (places to visit, frequency of travel, etc.)
  7. Self-expression (hobbies, interests, leisure activities, personal growth, etc.)
  8. Spiritual (church affiliations, personal spiritual growth, finding life purpose, etc.) 
  9. Contribution (community service, volunteerism, etc.)
  10. Other (anything else that got missed)

Best wishes and Happy New Year!



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