A New View for 2016

As each new year starts, thoughts surface about our failures, what went wrong, troubled times, disappointments and other discouraging thoughts. Next comes writing a list of resolutions for the New Year, which probably won’t be kept past the first month or two. The ideas are admirable. Carrying out those goals is often not realistic. The goals are usually set to receive praise and recognition from others who might say words of encouragement. Real goals and resolutions are private objectives to support our undertakings for the coming year. They are flexible and require frequent updating.

Let’s think about the good things from 2015, the happy events, the loving people and the successes. Express gratitude for each one. Your personal perception might label those 2015 achievements to be small or huge or anywhere in-between. The value is not in the size of the progress but in the personal intrinsic rewards from being successful. What were your accomplishments in 2015?

With positive thoughts in mind, write down your reachable goals to provide focus and motivation for the coming year. By setting ongoing goals and reassessing them along the way, the worthwhile challenges can be met with success. Long-term goals help to determine where you are going. Short-term goals help you decide how to get there. They are usually measured by production over which you do have control.
Goals, also known as New Year’s Resolutions, start with writing what you want. Then state positive, present tense intentions that are clear and direct. A willingness to take inspired action has to kick in, every step along the way.

Now it’s your turn. What were your 2015 achievements? Describe an “aha moment.” Express an attitude of gratitude for each step along the way. Then turn those typical resolutions into new 2016 goals which will improve your relationships and add to your personal growth. Make them reasonable and reachable.

Example of resolutions:
Smiles are healing. I smile every day.
Compliments build self esteem. I compliment myself at least once every day.
In 2016 my bills are being paid at least one week in advance of the due date.
I am proud of myself for being the best I can be.

May your dreams bloom and
make you happy in many ways.

Have a happy and healthy New Year 2016

Marcia Friedman

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