What a gorgeous, sunny, mild day! It's such a gift to have days like this in December. Are you enjoying the holiday season as much as I am? As you can see I'm back at it with my blogs after a much needed break this fall. I'm so happy to be working on my writing, photography and exercise projects on a daily basis again. I missed being here, and I missed working on the things about which I'm so passionate.
I'm really anticipating the new year with optimism - I'm so looking forward to moving my dreams forward in 2007. And of course I have a new resolution for 2007, a year-long project that is true to my belief that you can achieve your dreams and resolutions if open your mind, dare to dream, decide to go for it, define the 'it', develop a plan, and do it daily. One resolution, one day at a time for one year is my motto.
Everything that I've read in recent years suggests that people are generally giving up on making New Year resolutions. I'm not surprised, folks are 'busy'. A long list of things that you feel you should 'change' about yourself can be daunting and overwhelming. Tiring, in fact. It's a tired idea. If it worked people would still be making and keeping their resolutions.
I'm not advocating that folks give up on self improvement. Actually, just the opposite. I believe a person will achieve more if he/she is focused on making just one improvement at a time. Or learning just one new thing. Or taking on just one new hobby. You get the gist. Typically the act of 'change', developing a new 'habit', or 'achieving a cherished dream' isn't something that happens overnight. It takes time and hard work. Days, months, sometimes years, but if it's something you truly want to achieve, you make the time, do the work.
This year, if you're like me - and you want to be true to yourself, your desire to achieve your dreams - you'll give yourself a gift. You'll lower the bar just a little. Forget about the list of 10 resolutions. Make just one. It doesn't mean you won't get out of bed and go to work each day; work hard to be a good parent; strive to care for your health. You'll do all those things. But you'll also make time for yourself to do something for yourself, pursue a cherished, heartfelt dream.
Pursue that dream with a passion, and If you keep at it, on January 1, 2008, you'll be able to say: 'WOW, I achieved my dream' instead of, 'Oh, I don't remember where I put my list of 10 resolutions'.
Hopping off my soapbox now, but you'll be hearing a lot about resolutions (again) in 2007! Sun's out, gorgeous day - I better get off here, enjoy a little bit of the sunshine before I tackle the pile of work sitting here on my desk. Better 'get to it'! :)