While waiting in the checkout line at Bed Bath & Beyond last night, a lady asked if I had made any resolutions for the New Year. Briefly, I told her my resolutions were to take 2013 one day at a time, to simplify, live more intentionally, give more than I receive, and focus on the people who matter most. (From my 12/31/2012 blog “A Year Worth Remembering”).
She shared her two resolutions were to lose weight and clear away the clutter in her home. Laughingly, she said, “But I’ve already given up on losing weight because I weighed myself this morning and I have gained five pounds since January 1st.”
The New Year always has people talking about making significant changes for the better. The beginning of a brand new year is a great time to resolve to create a change in our lives, but we should not expect to change a habit we would like to break overnight. It has probably taken us years to create and fine tune; taking baby steps to change a habit seems more attainable.
So, if this is another year of “I’m going to do this or change that.” Here are a few suggestions that might help you succeed in 2013.
- Create a simple plan & write it down
- Be realistic about your goals & action steps
- Hold yourself accountable & review your plan weekly
- Don’t be too hard on yourself
- Adjust your plan along the way, but don’t give up
- Relax and take it slow
- Surround myself with people that encourage you
- Live in the moment (life is short)
Here’s to embracing your opportunity for significant change in 2013.
Ending on a Positive Note: Making a significant change in your life can be scary at first, but as you became more comfortable it became easier and easier.