New Years Resolutions In July

I imagine it was not easy for many of us to have made a New Years Resolution this year. When our future is more uncertain than its ever been, it’s challenging to navigate any certain direction, and can be difficult to even know what we want. So what can we do? How do we proceed with any amount of optimism? How can we rebuild? Adversity can be a great learning lesson, and here are some ways that have helped me stand up, dust myself off, and navigate my way through the storm. Do you ever notice how much more you appreciate the sun after a long stretch of rainy days? The same can apply following our experiences.

Although we have all been affected in a different manner, there is more than one way to rebound. The following are relatively simple and easy ways we can begin to see positive changes.

 

PLAN

I love having a plan A, plan B, and sometimes even a plan C. This way I don’t get too much anxiety if plan A fails. We are all going to fail and that’s okay. Those scars can thicken our skin to help us reach our goals. I love the quote, “What if I fail? Oh my darling, but what if you fly?” There is always the possibility of failure, but when we know we have some options, it eliminates the fear, or at least significantly reduces it! Fear can be one of our biggest shortfalls. As well, when we have a plan we are not grasping at straws, or living Groundhog day! Plus it feels so good to have a focused direction.

 

TIME

Set aside a bit of time every day to work on your plan. I know life is busy and my most common excuse always was, “I’m too busy to exercise, I’m too busy to meditate.” …etc. Book your time as though it was a Dr.’s appointment. Humans can be good at procrastinating (like me), but if you understand the value of your time, you will be more likely to follow through. Book time for whatever is important to you, whether it is exercise, housework, walking the dog, or even downtime like watching a movie. For some reason, when things are written down, they are more likely to get done. Perhaps it’s a concrete visual reminder, and not just floating around in our heads. This has helped me accomplish much more. When the pandemic hit last March, my gym closed down, so I planned on using my little workout room at home. Well, that was much easier said than done. I never realized how much I could distract myself from doing something. I love exercising, but my brain couldn’t allow me to stop and take the time. ‘Oh, the laundry needs to be put away, oh those emails need to be replied to, oh the house needs dusting’ ….. always something. But when I began to schedule everything in my day timer, things started getting done.

 

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

We are not perfect and we make mistakes. Sometimes our plans don’t work out, and in actuality, very few follow through on that New Years Resolution they made. It’s okay. Think of it this way, ‘At least I’m making plans, at least I’m trying!’ When we are too hard on our self we slip into a negative state, and good things never come from a negative state! I remember my grandma always saying, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I also remember querying hundreds of literary agents and publishers to represent my first book. My goodness, it’s daunting to get rejected that many times, but my grandma’s words rung clear. And although I never did find representation, so I had to resort to plan B…..publish myself.

 

YOU SET THE RULES

Who said it has to be New Year’s Eve to make a resolution? I don’t know that answer, but I do know that any day of the week, or month, or year is just the right time to make a resolution. As an adult, we are blessed with making our own choices, and not listening to anyone else’s opinion if we don’t want to. I almost didn’t write my first book because my English Professor thought I didn’t have the talent. Well thank God I never listened to him, otherwise, I wouldn’t have done one of my favorite accomplishments. I suppose if naysayers have a purpose, I would say it was to prove them wrong!

I wish you all the best in your endeavors and I hope this has helped.

God Bless,

Kim

I imagine it was not easy for many of us to have made a New Years Resolution this year. When our future is more uncertain than its ever been, it’s challenging to navigate any certain direction, and can be difficult to even know what we want. So what can we do? How do we proceed with any amount of optimism? How can we rebuild? Adversity can be a great learning lesson, and here are some ways that have helped me stand up, dust myself off, and navigate my way through the storm. Do you ever notice how much more you appreciate the sun after a long stretch of rainy days? The same can apply following our experiences.

Although we have all been affected in a different manner, there is more than one way to rebound. The following are relatively simple and easy ways we can begin to see positive changes.

 

PLAN

I love having a plan A, plan B, and sometimes even a plan C. This way I don’t get too much anxiety if plan A fails. We are all going to fail and that’s okay. Those scars can thicken our skin to help us reach our goals. I love the quote, “What if I fail? Oh my darling, but what if you fly?” There is always the possibility of failure, but when we know we have some options, it eliminates the fear, or at least significantly reduces it! Fear can be one of our biggest shortfalls. As well, when we have a plan we are not grasping at straws, or living Groundhog day! Plus it feels so good to have a focused direction.

 

TIME

Set aside a bit of time every day to work on your plan. I know life is busy and my most common excuse always was, “I’m too busy to exercise, I’m too busy to meditate.” …etc. Book your time as though it was a Dr.’s appointment. Humans can be good at procrastinating (like me), but if you understand the value of your time, you will be more likely to follow through. Book time for whatever is important to you, whether it is exercise, housework, walking the dog, or even downtime like watching a movie. For some reason, when things are written down, they are more likely to get done. Perhaps it’s a concrete visual reminder, and not just floating around in our heads. This has helped me accomplish much more. When the pandemic hit last March, my gym closed down, so I planned on using my little workout room at home. Well, that was much easier said than done. I never realized how much I could distract myself from doing something. I love exercising, but my brain couldn’t allow me to stop and take the time. ‘Oh, the laundry needs to be put away, oh those emails need to be replied to, oh the house needs dusting’ ….. always something. But when I began to schedule everything in my day timer, things started getting done.

 

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

We are not perfect and we make mistakes. Sometimes our plans don’t work out, and in actuality, very few follow through on that New Years Resolution they made. It’s okay. Think of it this way, ‘At least I’m making plans, at least I’m trying!’ When we are too hard on our self we slip into a negative state, and good things never come from a negative state! I remember my grandma always saying, “If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.” I also remember querying hundreds of literary agents and publishers to represent my first book. My goodness, it’s daunting to get rejected that many times, but my grandma’s words rung clear. And although I never did find representation, so I had to resort to plan B…..publish myself.

 

YOU SET THE RULES

Who said it has to be New Year’s Eve to make a resolution? I don’t know that answer, but I do know that any day of the week, or month, or year is just the right time to make a resolution. As an adult, we are blessed with making our own choices, and not listening to anyone else’s opinion if we don’t want to. I almost didn’t write my first book because my English Professor thought I didn’t have the talent. Well thank God I never listened to him, otherwise, I wouldn’t have done one of my favorite accomplishments. I suppose if naysayers have a purpose, I would say it was to prove them wrong!

I wish you all the best in your endeavors and I hope this has helped.

God Bless,

Kim

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