Are you like me? Start out the New Year with goals of making this year a better year than the year before? Here are some of my favorites:
- Lose weight
- Spend more time with family
- Have more quality time with hubby
- Do a better job of taking care of me
- Be more patient
Will it surprise you to know that according to Forbes, only 8% of people achieve their goals? So then ditch resolutions, right? Not so fast!
A New Year – a Fresh Start
The beginning of the year is a perfect time for a fresh start. You wash away the old year and start anew. What does a fresh start make you feel like? Maybe you feel like you are on one of those Zest commercials? The question is are you starting afresh or just smelling the soap?
Let’s face it. Deep down inside our resolutions can be pretty skin-deep. When you say to live a healthier life style, do you really mean you want to look good in those skinny jeans? How about your goal to “work for yourself”? Is it really a cyclical rant every time your boss pisses you off?
My passion for a meaningful life often sends me to another world. Maybe you, too, are inhaling the soap to the point that detox is necessary. There is something about a fresh start that makes us feel like we can conquer the mountain. Calm down Tarzan. Let’s get that mole hill out the way first.
It Does Not Feel Good
So you decided to work on something deep and meaningful. Maybe you decided that you would tell me no but it did not feel so good. As a matter of fact, you may have lost a good friend or you found yourself crying in the closet out of guilt. If it does not feel good then it’s wrong … right? No! This was probably the first step to you digging deeper to find out what makes you feel worthless unless you are doing something for someone else. Or maybe even why you think that the world is incompetent without you. Huh! Did that strike a chord?
Theme it up for 2014!
Several years ago I decided to dump resolutions and theme it up. One year it was courage and for the past couple of years it was for me to dance like no one is watching. It gave me the freedom and the permission to dare to reach farther than I ever thought I could. Some of the freedom came from daring to share who I am … flaws, dreams and all. The permission came with seeing that I could make a difference.
Dance Like Nobody’s Watching!
I dare you to start dancing this year! Not the dance you do in the club. Not even the choreographed steps you may have done in ballet, drill team or even the praise dance group in church. It’s that dance that you do in the mirror, right after you are out of the shower when the bathroom door is closed. It’s that dance you do that if someone walks in, you get in embarrassed and you stop–except don’t stop! Yes you will sometimes get off beat, yes sometimes people will laugh and yes sometimes you will feel kind of silly. But trust me, my friend, you will feel FREE. You need that freedom to dare to reach beyond your level of growth.
Let’s spend this year dancing my friends, and I want to be your dance partner! Happy New Year!