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It’s New Year’s Eve and my resolution this year? I’m not making any!
Too much pressure with too few results, in my experience.
It’s far more productive for me to simply say “no” to what I don’t want to do, what’s not good for me, or what’s taking me away from what really counts.
Saying no takes effort, especially for me, a people pleaser, organizer of the fun and keeper of the peace.
Saying “no” has allowed more yes-es in my life. Stopping myself from doing what I’ve always done allows room for unexpected and unplanned delights.
Saying no feels foreign, but I’m getting better at it. Here’s the rub: it doesn’t even need to be spoken. It can be our little secret.
I know that this can’t apply to every category in life, it’s not practical.
But .. rather than beat myself up about failing at an unrealistic goal, I’m quietly continuing the personal progress made this year and carrying it forward into next.
I’ve cleared out the clutter in my life so I can succeed at what is important to me.
I’ve stopped maintaining relationships that aren’t healthy. Doing so has made more room for those who are.
I’ve gone to bed earlier, and felt better, than the results any diet ever delivered.
I’ve faced fears, spoken up and taken classes; these efforts have energized me more than any new skin care product possibly could.
I’ve stopped trying to do it all, be it all, fix it all for everyone else. I’ve started doing what matters… to me.
Happy New Year all!
And please share… are you making resolutions this year? Or skipping them all-together?