Happy New Year!
Whether you rang in 2015 with a crazy night out, a nice dinner, or a low-key night at home in your sweats, I hope you had a great time and were able to live in the moment.
A lot of people use the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day to reflect on the year past and review their goals for 2015. Along the same lines, a lot of bloggers use this time to post their “best of recipes/workouts/etc.” posts and give a rundown of both blog and life highlights.
I typically like to let the holiday hustle die down a bit before I do any reflecting or commitment making of my own. I don’t think there’s any magic rule that says all of that needs to be done by January 1st.
One thing I do want to do today is point out how I used the phrase “commitment making.” I didn’t say anything about New Year’s resolutions.
When I hear the word resolution, it makes me think of the result of something that was once broken or a situation that needed fixing. Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, and this has a very rear-view mirror way of looking at things, don’t you think? By making New Year’s resolutions, we essentially acknowledge all the baggage and crap we’ve carried around. We dwell on the things we’ve done incorrectly in some way, and then through our New Year’s resolutions, we resolve to fix them.
When we resolve to fix something, it implies that something was broken in the first place.
That seems like a pretty negative way of looking at things, if you ask me. Not exactly the way I would want to start fresh and anew.
My advice to you this year? Forget all the crap!
If we kick off 2015 focused on what we CAN’T eat anymore or what behaviors we WON’T do anymore, then we will immediately start our year with a deprivation mindset. It will make us feel like these items are off-limits, and that’s typically when we’ll feel MORE compelled to eat the junk or indulge in the “bad” behaviors.
So let’s make a little shift this year. Let’s make POSITIVE commitments for ourselves instead by looking ahead. Let’s ask ourselves:
- What WILL I do this year?
- What foods will I eat MORE of?
- What behaviors will I START doing?
To commit to something means to make a pledge or promise. Today, or when it feels right for you, set yourself up for success and make a commitment that is meaningful to YOU.
Pledge to take positive action.
Promise yourself you will add choices and behaviors that add purpose, health, and happiness to your life.
Isn’t this a much more positive way to start the year than looking back on the could have, should have, and would have?
Readers, let’s chat! I’m wondering, what do you think of this concept? Have you made any personal commitments yet for 2015?
Wishing everyone a fresh start and a wonderful first weekend of the new year. <3