Time to celebrate the last day of 2012. Take a moment to toast for our accomplishments but also for the moments that did not turn out as we had planned. We look ahead for new commitments, promises and goals for the new year. Our new year’s resolutions – and we all know how they usually end up!
I find it quite amazing though how we each year get back up again, with new energy and belief in that this year we can make it!
So what can make this year’s resolution end up in better result than last year, and the year before that?
This is what I am going to do. Instead of making a longterm promise, I will make my resolution short-term. I will wake up each morning and tell myself what I need to do exactly on that day in order for me to be happy or feel good.
In the end that is what new year’s resolutions are about right? Living a better life, feeling happier and more successful than we did last year?
A lot can happen in 365 days. Today, when I see the whole new year in front of me, I may think that I will be happier to have a six pack by June, which means I probably need to work out at least 3-4 times a week and keep a healthy, strict diet until then. But what if I have kept myself too busy at work for a couple of weeks in March that I have barely had time to see my friends, and have had no time working out for a few weeks, and what would make me most happy at that moment would be to sit down with some friends and have a nice dinner? But doing that would make me feel guilty since I would really need to work out in order to fulfill my 2013 resolution, and not doing so would make me fail my promise.
If you take things day by day, you will know what your needs are for that day. Whether that is waking up thinking “Today I will run 10 km” or “Today I will lie on the sofa and eat chocolate while watching 10 New Girl-episodes” we have one promise to fulfill within one day that will make us equally happy. And doing either thing would be a success and make us feel good.
So tomorrow when we wake up, let us all have a smile on our face and make our first 2013 resolution which will result in an even wider smile when going back to bed the same night.
A very happy and successful new year to all you Upwalkers out there! Now – time to toast and celebrate!!