Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Focus On Yourself At Least Once Every Day

Each New Year brings hope and a sense of optimism amidst a potentially gloomy season with brittle cold weather and often gray skies. It is a time to begin with a proverbial clean slate. A time to start fresh and improve something about your life — eat better, exercise more, spend less money, read more books, learn a new skill — practically any goal can become a New Year’s resolution.

But there’s something about resolutions — they’re hard to keep. Each January, many people make an effort to do something different and end up disappointing themselves when a month later their resolve has fizzled into the gray sky. It can be total resolution evaporation.

My suggestion to prevent the evaporation? Make only one resolution: Focus on yourself once every day.

Life presented many challenges to me in the past 9 months. It was a really tough year. As a result, I did not take care of myself as I should. I stopped exercising. I stopped going out and having a blast on my bike. I stopped caring what I ate. I focused simply on surviving and taking care of others.

Maybe you can relate. At some time in your life, perhaps you have fallen victim to ignoring your own needs too. It’s an all too common situation, no matter what the details of the circumstances are. What you and I need to do now is to find a way to begin to take care of ourselves without a total resolution meltdown.

Once I realize what I really need — to show myself kindness and love — I can find ways to do just that. It’s not an easy task, honestly, because I’m so programmed to take care of everybody and everything else first. But there’s always going to be something else to do.
Since my neglected needs are primarily physical, I have chosen a physical solution. Your needs may be emotional, social, recreational, or financial, thus your solution should match the corresponding need.

Here are the questions I asked myself in order to identify what I need to do to show myself kindness and love within my current circumstances.

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The Only Resolution You Need to Make

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