It’s a new year…2013! Every time we ring in the new year, most people decide to make resolutions. Don’t we all want a fresh start? A clean slate? A chance to just do better this time around? I don’t know about you, but I tend to find myself quickly disappointed by my lack of “resolve.”
It is a positive & wonderful thing that we want to change, grow, and improve. That is crucial to our survival. However, if we put too much pressure on these resolutions or go about them in the wrong way, they can actually have a negative impact on our lives. I’m not here to provide you with any crazy, brilliant, amazing insight. I’m just a 21 year old girl who has learned from mistakes, ruined resolutions, and figured out that there are a few ways that we can actually have an incredible year this time! 🙂
5 tips for a very happy new year:
1-Be intentional. Sit down and really spend some time thinking about what you’d like to do differently this year. Whether it’s progressing in your career or having healthier relationships/friendships, you have to do all things with intention. We can’t float through life half asleep. Wake up this year! Open your eyes and decide how you can have more intention with your choices and decision making.
2-Know yourself. I learned the hard way that if you don’t truly know yourself, you can’t stand for anything at all. Don’t copy someone elses goals. You are unique and wonderfully made. Start a journal. Jot down your thoughts. Maybe make a dream board with all of your hopes plastered on it. Find ways to visualize who you are. What works for some people may not work for you. Make sure you are confident in who you are and what you truly want before etching your resolutions in stone.
3-Be realistic. If your goal is to get into shape, don’t make your resolution “climb Mt. Everest!”
Conquering our goals takes time. It is a lifelong process. The point is to enjoy the process. Be realistic about what you can achieve this year that will make a positive impact on your life and on the lives of those around you. If you want to get into shape, start out making a resolution to do some sort of physical activity for 30 minutes a day. A jog, walking your dog, doing some in-home yoga, or swimming! Challenge is good, and can definitely help us grow. However, unrealistic goals leave us unsatisfied and extremely disappointed in ourselves. Be real!
4-Love yourself. This is a tough one, believe it or not. Challenge is good. Growing is good. Changing is good. However-don’t make any changes or set any goals with a mindset that is full of hate for yourself. Anger and self-hatred shouldn’t drive our goals. Obviously we make changes because something needs to be changed, but we should start this year thinking positively. Maybe you’ve made some mistakes this year…unhealthy relationships, addictions…it’s different for everyone. It is a HUGE step to realize that you want to change and are ready to change. But don’t hate yourself in the process of your beautiful journey. That will only hurt your self image further. Love yourself and be proud that you have acknowledged what needs to be done. Move forward with a joy and light inside of you.
5-Remember who is actually capable of making all things new. We are human. We are flawed. We are broken. We make mistakes. But guess what? We have an amazing, awesome God who can make all things new! If you feel inadequate or unable to accomplish your dreams, goals, and resolutions-you’re not alone! I feel that way each and every day! The beautiful thing is that we aren’t supposed to conquer life alone. God is here to guide us through this journey. He can make anything new. Any mistake, any struggle, any heartbreak, any addiction, any flaw. I promise you: I have made so many mistakes that I’ve lost track. I have done truly idiotic things. I have hurt myself, and even worse, I have deeply hurt others. God has healed and resolved things that I never thought would be possible.
In all honesty, it isn’t possible. Without God, these things are huge. Without Him, our problems do feel as crazy as climbing Everest. But your Mt. Everest is only an ant hill to Him.
Pray about your goals and dreams for this year. Give God the ultimate control of guiding your resolutions. I am speaking from experience when I say that is the most effective way to actually see them fulfilled.
2013 is sure to be full of adventure, joy, struggle, surprise, and excitement for all of us.
It is exciting and scary to set resolutions, but use these 5 tips to ensure that you have a very happy new year! 🙂