Early January is one of my favorite times of year.
Like no other time, January brings a quiet sense of possibility.
It’s the perfect time to set your intention for what you want life to bring you and your family in the year ahead.
If you had a rough ride in 2012, try to rest easy and embrace January, allowing it to swoop in like a get-out-of-jail-free-card bringing you renewed hope and freedom.
If 2012 was great for you, then January brings an openness from which you can springboard into an even more powerful 2013.
So clear away some time on your calendar within the next few days and weeks to set some intentions for what you’d like 2013 to bring you and your family.
Here are three surefire ways to sweeten your new year’s goals so they’ll stick like honey:
1. Set clear intentions. The key to making new year’s resolutions stick is to get very, very clear not only WHAT you want to achieve, but WHY. Putting your attention on how you will feel when you achieve your goal – rather than only focusing on the work it will take to get there – will allow you to move in the direction of your dreams more easily and successfully.
It’s the difference between saying “I want to lose 15 lbs. by spring,” vs. “I want to feel amazing in my body by shedding 15 lbs and bringing my body into balance.”
Invite your children to participate too. Ask them what they’d like to focus on this year and why. Suggest they write it down. For younger children, you can ask them what they love doing most and then suggest that your family make more time to allow that activity to take priority. If you don’t agree with their choice, explain why, and see if they can find something more beneficial such as riding their bike more or helping Mommy make fun, nutritious meals together.
2. Create your vision. To help you stay on track, create a visual road map called a Vision Board. Gather pictures of things that make you feel good inside – beautiful scenes of places your family wants to travel to, photos of your family having fun times, inspiring images of people, animals, artwork, or whatever else reflects how you want to feel this year. You can also include words and phrases that inspire you.
If one of your goals is to cook more healthy meals, include photos of healthy dishes and colorful fruits and vegetables. Talk to your kids about why you think it’s important to eat better this year and what your goals are. (You can find lots of free healthy recipes here: http://nourishbynature.com/recipes-lorraine-miller)
Your vision board can be as large or as small as you want. Just be sure to keep it somewhere you will see it every day in the month of January and at least once a week thereafter. This reinforces your ability to stay focused – both consciously and subconsciously on your dreams.
3. Affirm Your Success. Sometimes we set resolutions and then life gets in the way. We may experience a setback and give up before we’ve even given ourselves a fair chance. To help you self-motivate, create some positive mantras and commit to saying them to yourself in the mirror each morning no matter what. Some of my favorites include:
“I am successful at everything I do.”
“I stay positive in every situation.”
“I nourish myself and my family with encouragement and love.”
Try these or write your own.
Remembering these mantras when you feel doubtful or discouraged will bounce you back on track to achieving your dreams.
Use the space below to post any questions you may have or to share your thoughts on these Dream-Igniting Tips for a Happy, Healthy and Successful 2013!