It’s time to flip the script on making a New Year’s resolution. We all know the drill, instead of thinking about what we’ve done right the past year, we are bombarded with mind-boggling messages about change, the need to change, why we should change and how completely awful our lives will be if we don’t…you guessed it, change.
Here’s a different message. It begins with you thinking about three things in 2016 that went well for you. Take a few moments, reflect, avoid self-judgment and write them down. If you have trouble thinking of anything, stop, relax, close your eyes while inhaling deeply visualize the last time that you felt satisfied or were happy. What were you doing? Who were you with? How did you know that you were feeling joy? What did you learn from a painful situation? Self-growth often happens after challenges.
Instead of focusing on a specific problem like losing weight, picking up a new hobby or finding new love, 2017 is going to be about your potential, your greatness, your making bigger what’s good about your life.
Make this New Year a time for reflection and thoughtful meditation about your feelings and connecting with what’s important to you throughout the year. Instead of a list of things to do for 2017, make a list of what you’re good at and want to build upon. Your best self is not new because your best self is within you already waiting to shine even more.
Originally published at medium.com