Happy New Year To All!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Happy New Year To All!

 

Janus, the Roman god of doors and gates, of beginnings and transitions, lent his name to this month of January. He is depicted with a double-head, one face looking backward and the other looking forward.  Janus is said to be contemplating the old while looking forward to the new. I’m wondering, readers . . .

 

Have you given yourself the kudos for all the hard work you mustered up to achieve your goals in 2011?

Are you judging yourself for a lack of progress or a “one step forward, two steps back” feeling about some of your goals that haven’t transpired yet?

As I celebrated with family and friends over the holidays, like most of you I spent time sharing about what has happened in our lives over the past year. In the back of my mind, as I tell stories about our adventures and share achievements we’ve had, I can’t help but reflect on the progress of my goals for the year. I can tick off all the things I did accomplish with personal pride, and rejoice at the unexpected gifts that arrived to us this year. But somewhere, in the deep recesses of my being, is that little moderating voice that lets me know there are many more things to be accomplish in this life.

I spent part of the weekend putting holiday decorations to bed for another year, tidying up around the house so I can see the counter and table tops again, collecting bags of donations for charity . . . generally “out with the old in with the new.” As I ambled about the house doing these chores I found myself glancing backward at this past year, looking at the challenges I’ve received that have both forced growth upon and strengthening me, the things I’ve blown off because I’ve been afraid to deal with them yet, and then, contemplating the path that I’d like the coming year to take. Here are some of the questions I asked myself:

  • What habits did you develop over this past year that served you well?
  • What did you learn from your biggest challenges you overcame this year?
  • What were your setbacks?  What did you learn from them?
  • What habits do you have that don’t support your goals and aspirations for the coming year?

I love the New Year because it’s a fresh start, a do-over of sorts. Just like a “To Do” list, whatever I didn’t accomplish last year I can re-evaluate and, if it still matters, it goes back on the list for the New Year but with a new game plan.

I don’t really like the term resolution as it means “a firm decision to do or not to do something”. I prefer goal setting as it says you are choosing the direction you want to go in life. Goal setting can be a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of your future into reality. (Remember to also, across the course of this year, be open to whatever opportunities the universe may have in mind for you as well!)

I believe in articulating my goals to keep myself accountable. Whether a written copy for-your-eyes-only inside the medicine chest, posted above your computer where others can see them, or shared in an email with your friends, publicly stating your goals can be motivating to spur you on in accountability.

This doesn’t mean that your goals are then “written it in stone” because you’ll need to reassess and modify them as the weeks and months pass – perhaps making smaller baby steps or more frequent rewards to help you reach milestones or setting higher targets when you come close to your original goal, and so on. It may be your pride that spurs you forward or the encouragement from friends or asking others to join you in your weight-loss challenge that will hold you accountable to reaching your goals in 2012.

Here’s a list of some of my goals for 2012:

  • Manage my time better – I have always been a procrastinator. Anyone else struggle with that? I’m working on a (new) plan for structuring my days and my week for a productive work and play balance.
  • Post on Wise Habits website a minimum of twice a month – I have been good about sharing health, food and wellness related post on my Facebook page, but want to write more of my own posts. This is related to the first goal :-]
  • Provide Health Education talks in my community – My cholesterol myths presentation is almost ready!
  • Teach others to cook – Most of my clients tell me that they never learned how to cook and that’s why they rely on processed, prepared, and fast food. I’m excited to find a kitchen to hold group classes in!
  • Sculpt my frame – I told my ND this fall that I want to be a “strong, lean, muscled 80 year old.” I want am going to start CrossFit training this year. I have plenty of time to get there since I’m not even close to eighty!

I notice that each year my goals are generally more “goals for life”.  The ultimate end result doesn’t really change, though the process and plan I develop (and tweek throughout the year) varies from year to year.

What changes would you like to see for yourself? What is your vision for your life in 2012? I believe that you can create opportunities in your life by asking for them. Though it is the start of a new year with new beginnings, each and every day is also a fresh start to get yourself moving back in the direction you desire.

May you live all your days of 2012 with wisdom, health, and abundant joy!

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