Every January people all over the country make New Year’s resolutions; some say they are going to work out more and eat better, others say they are going to spend less money or get a better job. However, come March, the gym is empty again and your credit cards are still maxed out, but not this year. This year, I challenge all of you gurus to pick one word instead of a huge goal and live by that word daily. For example, if “self-respect” is your goal then try to do something daily that supports your goal of self-respect; create a journal of positive affirmations toward yourself that build you up. If your goal is “staying present” try meditation for a few minutes each day or stop and take a few minutes to really look around and take in the sights, sounds, and smells. Even stopping to eat lunch and eating slowly, really tracking the texture, tastes, and aroma of the food can help you stay present in the moment. Another great idea for staying grounded in the present is to turn off electronic devices when you are interacting with another person one-on-one. So many people are captured by their phones that they are not present in the world we are currently living in, yet always in a conversation happening in cyber space. A great first step would be to shut off your phone and reconnect the “old-fashioned way”.
Another great tool to help stick to your New Year’s resolution is create a vision board. A vision board is a homemade poster that you can hang up in your house or office that will constantly remind you of your annual goals. My daughter and I used to create vision boards every year. We would go around collecting all of the old magazines in the house, bake some cookies, and go to town cutting out inspiring words and pictures that align with our resolutions. For example, if you aspire to save more money or stay fit, then cut out words or phrases like “Rollin’ in the Dough” or “Beach Body”. Including photos of things, you are manifesting are also good reminders as well; if you want to find a man like George Clooney, then paste a giant picture of George Clooney in the middle of your poster board and center the rest of your words around that photo.
If you love to shop, but saving money is something you are concerned about, then check to see if the Shopping Center has an app. Many shopping centers have apps that offer coupons and highlight upcoming events and sales. Individual stores have their own apps that offer coupons, promo codes, and exclusive sales to those who download the app.
All in all, there are many ways to Get Centered in your New Year’s resolutions this year, but if you can take one thing away from this article, I hope that you realize you do not have to make a dramatic change in your life in order to have a better year! It is all about the little changes that you can consistently implement into your life. It is those little reminders, such as a vision board or a one word goal, that will help you stick to your New Year’s resolution! Until next time, have a fabulous New Year, Gurus!