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Instead of New Year’s Resolutions this year…

This time of the year our attention turns from 2016 to 2017. This also means the dreaded term “New Year’s Resolutions” rears its ugly head. So, I thought I’d suggest some things for you to think about leading up to 2017 and the week or two after that might help…

Don’t make Resolutions. Instead, make promises or even contracts with yourself. If you want to make it even more real, write out a contract on paper and sign it. This makes your promise a bit more real and easier for you to remember.

Don’t be so concerned about getting rid of things you’re upset about or frustrated in your life (losing weight, being better at something, etc.).

Give Your Mind Some Credit…and Rest

If you carried a 25-lb. weight with you everywhere you went, all day long, you’d be drained by the end of the day. Now, imagine doing that for weeks, months and in some cases years! You would be so physically drained that you almost wouldn’t be able to function, and yet that is exactly what we do with our problems.

Our problems constantly drain our mental and spiritual energy each second of the day. Because it’s our mind and spirit though, we somehow convince ourselves that we can “handle it” or that “everybody” has problems. Yet, if we’re physically tired or worn out we’d lay down and sleep or at least rest. Mentally that’s another story…

“I’LL JUST POWER THROUGH IT!” No, “Enough is Enough!” You deserve to work at 100%, but that means listening to your body AND your mind. When you’re feeling recharged and calm, you’re open to life and you can focus. When you are mentally weary, you can’t focus, and you end up making more mistakes.  Then you become more frustrated and mentally tired – casting you into a vicious circle that only deepens.