Starting Off Right

“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”

– Dr. Seuss –

The beginning of every New Year is always full of excitement! The air is fresh and everyone is open and ready for change. We are motivated to become our best selves. Most importantly, we are setting ourselves up for the rest of the year. If you start with a positive attitude, you are more likely to succeed and accomplish our hopes and dreams.

Start this year with enthusiasm! Create a list of goals and intentions for the year. They can be big or small, long term or short term. It’s important to have a mix of them. If you can cross a few things off your list easily, you will feel motivated to keep working on the more challenging tasks. Another important key for accomplishing your objectives is to make a plan. Don’t just say, “This year I’m going to better myself.” Instead, say, “This year I’m going to go to a yoga class once a week,” or, “This year I’m going to meditate everyday for at least 10 minutes.” The more specific we get with our intentions, the easier they are to accomplish.

After making your plans, and setting yourself up for success, remember to check back in with yourself periodically. On your calendar, mark one day a month to reflect on what you’ve done towards your goals and intentions. Usually when we make New Year’s resolutions, we do really well for a month. Once the excitement of the new year has passed, we lose motivation and get caught up in other aspects of our lives. By planning ahead and dedicating a day to check in, you will be reminded why you made these goals in the first place and reenergize your enthusiasm.

Sometimes it can be hard to jumpstart, or restart, our plans after we’ve made them. Maybe it’s the fear that we won’t succeed. Maybe our goals themselves seem scary. But try to get passed the fear and remind yourself of the positivity and love you were surrounded by during the holidays at the end of 2014. Don’t let the connections or reconnections you made slip away as the season cheers dissipate. Feeling love and supported by those around us can have a massive impact on our wellbeing.

Good luck to you! You will do great!