In Mathew West's song Day One, he sings "I wish I wasn't wishing anymore." That's how I feel every night as I lay there in bed overwhelmed by what is, and thinking about what could be. I don't want to wish for change anymore. I want the change to have happened already. The point of that song is that every day is Day One. We can start fresh every day and start to take actions toward making the life we want a reality.
The best new is, it doesn't have to be huge leaps, just small steps - frequent and consistent.
Another problem with resolutions is the time frame. We say "This year, I will . . . " Let's get real. When is the last time you stuck with a diet, exercise program, or new habit for a year? I never have. In fact, most of my diets last two weeks. I want to stretch myself, so I'm going to aim for six weeks. Six weeks is enough to see a change and maybe enough time for that new habit to become part of my new normal.
Join me in making 2016 the year of No Resolutions! Instead, I'm going to identify the four areas of my life that I most want to change. Then I am going to commit to six weeks of frequent and consistent action aimed at making that change happen. It might not be a huge change at the end of my six weeks, but it will be real, lasting and irreversible. Isn't that what we are all wishing for?
Tonight, don't make one big, unattainable wish,. Instead, think about the four areas of your life that you want to improve the most. If you're like me, you can think of a lot more than four areas. But let's start small. Check back in tomorrow for my four.