Most of us set goals and resolutions for the New Year. Others of us have a more generalized hope that things will be better in the New Year than in the one we just finished.
How, though, is this year going to be better than last?
What are you going to do differently this year that you didn’t do last year? What are you going to change?
You may answer these questions by saying that you’re going to exercise more, or wake up earlier, or get a better job, for instance. And you’re going to stick to it this year.
That’s great. Those are worthy and worthwhile goals. How are you going to stick to it–sustain the energy and motivation you’ll need to achieve them?
It boils down to one thing and that is by changing your thoughts, which are the underpinnings of your attitudes. It’s by changing your thoughts and attitudes that you’ll then be able to effect the improvements you desire.
You can set all the goals and resolutions you want but if your basic thoughts are that it’s too hard, you can’t do it, you don’t have what it takes, then you’ll have a very hard time following through over the long haul.
I encourage and urge you to take time today and in the next few days to be mindful of your thoughts, especially when you’re faced with difficult or unpleasant tasks–or trying to get up the gumption to follow through on the goals and resolutions you’ve set.
Listen to your resistance to hear the tapes that are running and what you’re telling yourself. This is the first step in learning how to short-circuit them so that you can keep taking baby steps toward your soul-prospering life.
You can do it!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,