A New Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

Many of us enter the New Year with a list of resolutions that we want to accomplish and things we want to change or add to our lives. While there is nothing wrong with this per se, there is a reason we joke about New Year’s resolutions failing.

What if, instead of having a checklist of things to accomplish this year, we had a list of feelings we want to cultivate? Instead of the typical “lose 25 pounds,” we could have “feel healthy and strong” on our lists.

Suddenly, this numbers game battle with the scale becomes tuning into your body and how you feel after you make certain choices throughout the day and week. By paying attention to the good feelings and energy you get after a workout or healthy meal, those feelings will become their own reward and the number on the scale will matter less. It also keeps you aware of why you were focused on health this year–the energy and good feeling that comes with taking care of your body.

This mindset could be applied to any area of life. If you are trying to pay down debt, keep focused on the feeling of freedom you will get knowing that debt is gone and the extra money you have in your budget every month because of it. It will make any short term cuts in spending or extra hours worked seem like less of a burden when compared to the incredible feeling of the end goal.

You can also focus on feelings you want to cultivate for yourself or your home, feelings of peace, love, joy, and closeness. By focusing on the feelings you want to bring in to your life, you may find some of the activities and things that are filling up your calendar and day actually detract from your goals and need to be cut.

I hope this gives you a fresh perspective on New Year’s resolutions and what you want to bring into your life in the New Year. Share the feelings you want to cultivate in the New Year below, and we can cheer each other on!

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