The new year is a time of new beginnings. It is the time to let the past go and look forward to a fresh start. It is also the time when many people make resolutions to change their lives, especially their health, for the better. A resolution is usually a declaration of change, followed by a flurry of activity that soon fizzles. Between start and finish, there is little joy and dogged determination. Even though I like the idea of New Year’s resolutions, there has to be a better way to go about them.
A few weeks ago I received an email that provided one of those stepping stones. I thought, “What a wonderful way to bring closure to last year, and get this year off to a good start!” This email contained questions that encouraged the positive exploration of highlights and challenges of last year, as well as goals questions for this year.
I felt so inspired by those questions that I decided to modify and expand them into a video exercise for you. This exercise focuses on personal well-being, but can be used for any goals you have. I hope the questions and the exercise inspire you to celebrate and learn from your successes and your challenges, and to turn your attention to the future with positive energy and a plan for success.
The video is 10:30 minutes. You will need at least 30 minutes to complete the exercise. Take your time. You’ll be glad you did. Ready? Grab a pen or pencil and some paper and let’s begin…
I would love to hear your answers to some of the questions. What were your highlights from last year? What strengths and habits can you capitalize on this year? What two or three action steps will you commit to this week? How was this experience for you?
(special thanks to Christian Mickelsen for sending that email)