New Years Resolutions – they’re all but a joke in our mainstream culture today. As soon as we’ve thought them up, we already “know” that we’ll never attain them, so we laugh with our friends about all the things we’re never going to accomplish. It’s all a little ridiculous.
However, there’s no doubt that there’s something about the transition of a New Year that gives us a burning desire for transformation. It’s why the New Years Resolution became an item in the first place. When we see that big number at the end of the calendar move up a notch, we recognize the nature of time and the limited amount of it we have to live the life we dream of.
It is that recognition of the limitation of our time, which drives us to always dream a little bigger at the end of the year. It gives us an excuse to reflect on our life and remember the things we aren’t doing.
There’s a big problem with most of us though – we never believe in our own ability to change.
Let’s be real. Change, in the sense of changing one’s habits and life patterns, is just plain difficult. Our mind, sometimes to our detriment, fixes itself into the rhythms we put it in, and oftentimes, the things we want to change about ourselves are rhythms that are years, even decades old. You can’t dream up some sort of flimsy “New Years Resolution” and expect yourself to adopt it just because you put a new calendar up.
But let’s also recognize the fact that our minds and our bodies have an incredible capacity to change. It may take some amount of will power, and even some strategy, but if you tackle it the right way, you really can change very fundamental things about yourself and about your own life. Modern neuroscience is proving the brain’s ability to change structure and function as it is put it into new situations and taken it out of the old.
Do you want to make a change in your life? Is there some sort of habit, obligation, or maybe even a relationship in your life that you know is bringing you down? Have you now known for some time that it is time to distance yourself from this thing, but you just simply don’t know where to start? If you’re looking for transformation and how to keep your New Years Resolution this year, read on.
This holiday season; take a little time to respond to each of the following items. Let this be a time of true reflection on who you are now, who you want to be, and what paths are available to get there. While making the journey will take making new decisions, listening to your intuition and lot of desire, these first steps can provide you with the road map you need to move forward.