Start Simple: A View of the New Year
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A View of the New Year
I love New Year's. "Regular" New Year, Chinese New Year, Jewish New Year,
Indian New Year, whatever New Year tradition there is, count me in. Any reason
to start fresh and be given a second chance. How many of us could use a do-over
when we mess up? How comforting to know you've been given another opportunity
to do better. The hope in New Year's is priceless.
Yet too many people make long lists of New Year's resolutions and never are
successful with any of them. Part of that is trying to take on too much. Your
heart is in the right place, but your time schedule is not. Or you write down
things you think you should do, but don't really want to or aren't quite ready
Whether you're working on self-improvement, helping your child carry through on
goals, supporting a spouse, co-worker or friend, it's the same process. Be
honest and start simple. Take one step at a time, bit by tiny bit.
Here are 8 Start Simple ideas that are easy enough for kids or adults. Pick one
- just one! Once it's a habit, part of your nature, you can choose another.
1. Keep a Success Log:
Each day, write down one way you felt successful or proud of yourself - even if
it's just getting out of bed (which many kids have used minutes before having
to leave for school). Tack the paper on your fridge, bulletin board, or
wherever, and keep adding one a day. In a week, you'll have 7 accomplishments,
in a month 30, in a year 365. A great way to stay positive.
2. Make a Gratitude List:
This is especially helpful for turning the tide when you're feeling low. So
make a list. A short list. Even one or three "I'm grateful for's" can make a
difference. If you really want to be generous with yourself, do more. Each
time, write the whole sentence out: "I am grateful for this new day." "I am
grateful my daughter didnt' punch her brother on the way to school." "I am
grateful for my work." "I am grateful I have love in my life." You get the
3. Breathe Slowly for 2 Minutes:
It doesn't matter if you breath through your nose, breathe through your mouth,
or breath in one nostril and out the other - just take 2 minutes (at least to
start) to go "inside" and pay attention to your breath. It's guaranteed to calm
and center you.
4. Offer Kindness Each Day:
Do one kind act - for yourself - or for another. Helping others gets those feel
good juices going. Besides, how wonderful when we take a moment to be kind to
each other. Surprise yourself - surprise a friend or family member. Or do
something kind without anyone knowing. How does that feel?
5. Write No Matter What:
In Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, she recommends three pages a day. That may
be too overwhelming for you or your kids. Start with three sentences. That's
doable. If more pours out - fine - but if not, it doesn't matter. Write first
thing in the morning, last at night, or any time in between. Just write. And
write from your heart!
Please read more of these Start Simple ideas at Psychology Today.
6. Draw Whatever:
7. Accept a Compliment:
8. Look for the Good:
Go to Psychology Today now. Then...
Let me know how you do with these. What ideas you gravitate towards, and what
your kids prefer. Please feel free to add your own, I'd love to hear what you
put on your Start Simple list. Write me at DrReznick@.... You
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