NEW YEAR, SAME ME – A REFLECTION FROM THE HEART
I’ve never really been one for setting a New Year’s Resolution. Why? Well, in previous years, I’ve found myself making a New Year’s Resolution – determined to stop, start, or change habits that will better myself personally and professionally, only to find that within a couple of months, I’ve completely derailed from those resolutions. In fact, not only has the resolution train derailed, but it’s off the tracks and going in a completely different direction. But, my resolutions did not come with it. So, within the first few months of the year, I already end up with the feeling of failure.
I’m sure some people could argue that maybe I wasn’t motivated enough to make the changes or determined enough to stick with them, but for anyone with a family and children who runs a business, we can all agree that sometimes life gets in the way. And, if you’re a mom like me, usually all of those things take priority over myself, and when push comes to shove, I fall back into the habit of putting myself last, including my goals.
Now, I know what you’re thinking “Kim, your resolution should be not putting yourself last! You can’t pour from an empty cup!”
While I like that thought, the reality is: that’s not my season of life right now. And I’m okay with that. I know the day will come when I can put myself first. I know the day will come when I don’t drop what I’m doing to help my kids *cue the tears*. But, in this season, for right now, it’s what’s needed.
With that said, I’ve taken a different approach to New Year’s Resolutions. The way I look at it is just because the ball dropped at midnight on December 31st and a new calendar year started doesn’t mean I need to put pressure on myself to change. It also doesn’t mean I need to stress about a “new me” and announce it to the world.
Every day is a new day.
Every day is a fresh start.
Every day is a day to make changes.
365 days, 365 fresh starts.
So, this year, I’m taking the time to think about my goals and habits and create a plan that will work to achieve or change them.
This year, I’ll review and reflect on my goals throughout the year and pivot when needed.
This year, as long as I’m still working to achieve them, I haven’t failed.
This year, if the train falls off the track or changes directions, I can take a break and hop back on when I’m ready.
This year, it’s a new year, but it’s the same me.
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