Re-Soul-utions are hard to keep …

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but they are not impossible to fulfill.  Knowing when you have been diligent about keeping to your plans whether it is to lose weight, buy a house, pay off your debt or to find or leave your job is half the battle in sticking it through no matter what life decides to throw your way.  Measuring your success does not mean you have to become your own taskmaster.  It’s okay to have popcorn at the movie, take a weekend off from house hunting and put your career plans on hold for a bit if the timing isn’t right or you become to feel overwhelmed.

Pushing, prodding and bullying yourself into keeping up with the exhaustive list of New Year’s re-SOUL-utions does little for your self-esteem let alone your soul! Finding a happy middle ground will allow you to slowly and steadily achieve your plans without making you feel like a failure if you are not constantly moving at 100 miles per hour.  Taking a few “inventory” checks along the way will not only keep you on track but might even help you stay the course when you are ready to give up hope on ever reaching your goals.

  1. Keeping To Your Lists…  may sound like a good idea but may add more pressure than you can handle at the moment.  Try using a vision board instead with images highlighting your successes. This way you are focused on the end result and not on what you can cross off the list and when.
  2. Best Laid Plans… are subject to change and modification without advance notice!  Don’t think you can’t change your mind once you commit to your list of goals.  It’s okay to alter your plans particularly if they are no longer working for you.  This does not signal that you are a failure, it just means you are getting better in touch with what you really need and want and are staying true to yourself.
  3. Be Kind To Yourself… along your journey because as my mother use to say, “If you don’t love yourself first, who else is going to love you?” Knowing that you are on a path to reach your goals however enormous they may seem should not deter you from treating yourself with love and respect along the way.  You are your best asset no matter what you are trying to achieve so take care of yourself and your plans will take care of you too.

Knowing that you are not alone in your journey towards finding a new job, working on getting a promotion or whatever personal goals you have set for yourself makes all the difference in the world when you are trying to stick to your plan.  Building and maintaining a support system that cheers you along the way is essential to realizing you cannot and will not fail no matter how hard it all seems to you some days.  Being your own champion may seem difficult at times, but asking for help is never hard when others truly have your best interest at heart.

So next time you think you can’t possibly stick to the resoulutions you made this year, stop and recheck your priorities, make changes if you must without guilt of failing and above all else go easy on yourself, because if you don’t cut yourself a break every now and then, do you really expect anyone else will?

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