A new journey for 2015

As each year comes to an end, thoughts surface about our failures, what went wrong, troubled times 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. 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 “good job!” Real goals and resolutions are private objectives to support our missions for the coming year.

January was named for the Roman god Janus, a god of beginnings and transitions. Janus had two heads. One faced forward to the future and the other one looking backward at the past. He was the god of gates, doors, passages and endings.

Let’s think about the good things from 2014, the happy events, the loving people and the successes. Express gratitude for each one. Your personal perception might label your 2014 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 greatest accomplishments in 2014?

With those 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 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.

I am proud of myself for several 2014 personal and professional accomplishments this year. I took the risk to write more motivational articles and submit them to magazines for publication. I also wrote articles for new writers, which led to my teaching internet writing classes. The progress this past year highlighted the reality that I’m a work in progress! Success came with a change of attitude which put heavy emphasis on a positive approach each step along the way. The teacher in me came out and blossomed into beautiful human relationships. I am reaping the rewards that come from connecting with others who go on to find their paths in this lifetime.

Now it’s your turn. What were your 2014 achievements? Describe an “aha moment.” Express an attitude of gratitude for each step along the way to your accomplishments from last year. Then turn those typical resolutions into new 2015 reachable goals which will improve your relationships and add to your personal growth.

Be proud of yourself for being the best you can be.

Have a Healthy and Happy New Year 2015!
Marcia Friedman