Oh, New Year’s resolutions. I love you and I also don’t love you.
It’s true that I have mixed feelings about New Year resolutions. Typically, this time every year, we make all these goals for dieting, exercise, blah blah blah, and then about two or three weeks in we start singing a different tune. All resolutions have gone caput. Another one bites the dust. You get my drift. This is why I struggle with “New Year’s Resolutions.”
But, I do love the idea of reinventing ourselves, of starting over, of evolving and trying to be better. That’s what this mortal existence is all about! Progression! Changing and reshaping ourselves, trying to become the best version of us. This is life! And if we aren’t doing this, we are digressing, which is a sad state to be in.
So, sure, go ahead and set some goals at New Year’s. But don’t stop there! Make changes, start over, and reinvent yourself all year long. New Year’s isn’t the only time that you can do this. If we truly desire to become our best selves, we won’t wait for New Years to come along.
I believe that if you want to change, you can do it any time you want to. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant ordeal. You know, just take a step back and look at your life. Doing this every so often keeps us on track with who we want to be. Technically, the start of everyday is a chance to change and do better, right? But, if you like a little more organization to your life, here are three times throughout the year to keep that New Year’s resolution energy all year long.
1. The Seasons
There are four times a year when the earth goes through a change. I like to think that we are connected to this planet that we live on, so why not change with it? Each season brings about new activities, new adventures and new energies. It’s a great time to check in with ourselves, see where we are and make any necessary adjustments.
2. Moon Cycle
Yes, this one is a little “woo woo”, but can be a great way to stay on track with your goals. At the start of each new moon is the perfect time to set new intentions. Then, along with the cycle of the moon, you can work towards your intention. At the full moon, you either have accomplished what you set out to, or, maybe you realize it’s not meant to be. If so, let it go and start over. It’s pretty simple really, and great for if you want more of a month to month self-assessment.
3. Beginning of a New Week
It might be obvious, but Sunday or Monday, depending on when you view your week starting, is a great time to assess where you’re at and what you want to accomplish that week. In fact, let’s say you do like the idea of a renewal with the seasons, but need something more short term for goals and the like, using a weekly goal setting time line is great to combine with a more general seasonal check in. A weekly review is perfect for those more short term, to-do like goals. Just make sure those weekly goals stay in line with your bigger picture.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that go ahead and do the whole New Year’s resolution thing, but don’t stop at once a year. Stay attuned to yourself and who you want to be and then keep reinventing all along the way! Happy 2018!