New Year! New You!
Is it really a new year, new you or me? Does the New Year automatically change things for us? The New Year certainly gives us a clean slate, a defined time and opportunity to start afresh. How can we really seize the opportunity to make it a new life? We all make New Year resolutions that are broken by the middle of February. How do we make it different this year?
1. Live with determination and intention
I think one of the best ways to make it a New You this year, is to live life with intention. Most of us sit down and let life happen to us. Let’s make it different this time. Decide what you want out of this year and determine to make it happen. Write down your goals. Something magical happens when you put pen to paper and write down your desires with intention, even if you don’t know how you are going to make it happen. Take small, purposeful steps toward your goals. Believe and actually see your goals becoming reality. Of course, always leave room for the good Lord’s will which is always bigger and better than ours, but at least know what you want and live with intention.
2. Take Control of your imagination.
How many of us think of embarking on a new and exciting venture but before we even take the first few steps towards our dream, we talk ourselves out of it. We imagine all the “What ifs” that can happen and all the things that can go wrong. We gradually make ourselves so fearful that we decide it wasn’t a good idea anyway. . I recently read in the guideposts magazine article which defined FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real. If it’s false evidence anyway then why don’t we make the story we tell ourselves more positive and allow miracles to happen? We can either tell ourselves stories to make us fearful or positive stories to give us hope. We actually do have control over our thought processes. Let’s take control of our imagination, and teach our teens to do the same.
3. It’s not failure till you say it is
We are all filled with so much enthusiasm and anticipation at the beginning of the New Year, and we have great plans for creating the new person we want to be. We do have to realize we may face some road blocks along the way. Unfortunately life happens and sometimes the unexpected happens. Even when life takes a downward turn, we have a choice. We can choose to accept failure and go on a pity party or we can choose to learn from our mistakes and find a way around our problem. We only fail, when we give up and decide we’ve failed. Always remember your teens are looking at you and will learn a lot from how you handle the stresses of life. Our teens learn more by observing us, than from anything we tell them. Decide there is no failure, only lessons learned which propel us forward and makes us stronger and better able to climb to the next level of achievement.
4. You are not alone
We just had a wonderful Christmas season where we celebrated the birth of our Lord. Our celebration does not have to end in December. As we move forward in the New Year we truly have to believe God is with us always and wants to give us abundant life, just as he says. We have to teach our teens to believe: with faith in God all things are possible. We are not alone. We have to learn to praise God in our high points and thank him in our seemingly low points, believing all things are working out for our good. Faith does not end with the Christmas season. We have to move forward, knowing we are never alone.
So it’s definitely a new year and a new you. You have a choice to step out into the New Year with faith, joy and anticipation. Decide what your goals are, write them down and live with intention. Take control of your imagination. Realize that sometimes, you don’t really have much control of what comes at you in life, but you can choose how you respond to life’s events. Always, look for the seed of hope and growth in every seeming failure that you encounter. And remember that you are never alone.
“This bright New Year is given to me, to live each day with zest, to daily grow and try to be my highest and my best!” ~ William Arthur Ward Author