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Proposing a New Kind of New Year’s…

Welcoming in a new year brings with it the cultural motivation to make some changes in our lives. More than simply peer pressure, it’s a great time for reflection because you are a different person today than you were last January 1st. Your path for 2011 will become more clear by asking yourself these questions.

> What has changed for you in the last year?

> What do you want to acknowledge about your year?

> What were your wins and losses?

> When you dig deep down, what is something you’ve always wanted to do/feel/be that you haven’t yet imagined for yourself?

I get that there is a lot of baggage associated with “Resolutions”. If you are one of the millions who has joined a gym on some past January 1st, you know that resolutions aren’t always sustainable. And studies show the older we get, the less we follow through with our resolutions. So, here are a few ideas to avoid the burnout of those resolutions and make your new ones lasting and meaningful.

> Let’s not call ‘em resolutions. How about 2011isms or MeGifts, whatever. Come up with something relevant to you if the R-Word has resulted in dead-ends in the past.

> Be a Rebel. Create a plan NOT to start on January 1st. Start on the 2nd, or the 10th. Or start February 1st. The day only matters if it has meaning to you.

> Pick something different. Most resolutions revolve around the same three things (losing weight/getting in shape, saving/making money, and strengthening relationships). Be original and spontaneous. Surprise yourself.

> Have an accountability partner. No goals are met with individuals operating by themselves. Think about it.

> Be happy. “The less happy you are, the more likely you are to set New Year’s Resolutions. This is especially true for those who set money-related resolutions: 41% are not happy, 34% are moderately happy, and 25% are happy.” Source: Steve Shapiro

*Care to share your resolutions? Write or photograph your goal and post it on my Facebook page.

And, last but not least, I want to use this moment in time to express some thanks. I’ve been sending these articles for three years now. I want to thank you for letting me into your worlds, even if for only a few moments a month… sharing your insights when you’ve felt compelled, or just spending the five minutes to think about your own life and what it all means to you. I want nothing but the best for you.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday and New Year full of celebration, acknowledgement, imagination, and love.

I wish for you Your Best Year Yet.

Your Wing Woman,

Your Year End Review

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