Happy New Year 2018: What Are You Going to Do Differently?

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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,

Lauren

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Happy New Year 2018! 6 Inspiring Quotes

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Happy New Year! Here are six quotes to help you get the New Year off to a great start:

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something. Neil Gaiman

 

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. Oprah Winfrey

 

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Hal Borland

 

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change. Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the years’. Henry Moore

 

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source – a Sower of Dreams – just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true. Sarah Ban Breathnach

 

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year filled with all the Goodness and Delights of the Universe–a year that’s your best one yet!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren