Happy New Year

I think it’s wonderful how excited everyone gets at the start of the new year. The energy, the enthusiasm, the hope for making the next 365 days better than the last. Every year we talk about how much we want to achieve, how much we want to change, how much better for ourselves and others we want to be. Any my hope is that we actually do what it takes to achieve that change. Hope without action is just that, hope. Not change.

Action is what creates change. Newton said it well, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”

Energy is neither created nor destroyed, it merely changes form. Food going into your body gives you energy to move and live and breathe just as gas in a car gives it the ability to drive. Reading books creates new connections in your mind, as does prayer and meditation. What are you going to feed yourself these next 365 days in order to achieve the goals and outcomes you want for the future?

Without small, dedicated action on a daily basis nothing great was ever achieved; and that’s what it takes. Small, dedicated actions and decisions. Every. Single. Day.

Set the goal, figure out what you can do on a daily basis and start there. The big goals are too overwhelming when trying to accomplish all at once. Start small and big things happen. Call it the snowball effect. When you see an avalanche you get overwhelmed with the power and greatness of it all. But how did that avalanche begin? It probably took much longer than you realize…with one snowflake. Over time, more snowflakes accumulate, pack in deep and keep packing until all it takes is a small puff of wind or a pebble to set the entire thing downhill. And how did it all start? One tiny snowflake, barely big enough to feel on the tip of your nose.

So start today, January 1, 2017, or whenever you happen to read this and do one small thing, every single day. Just one small change. That’s it. Develop that new habit. Just one at a time.

Try this one on for size:

One serving of vegetables at any meal. Veggies. Every. Single. Day. Veggies on the side, salad, casserole, more stuff on your burger. It doesn’t matter how small, it matters how often. More vegetables will give your body more nutrients and minerals that will give you the strength to take the next step on your journey.

As the saying goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

Here’s to a wonderful new year and all the best to you and yours. Go Forth.

Happy New Year

Happy new year to you and yours! Do you have any new year traditions? Do you make resolutions? Or proclamations about the new year and how this one will be different or better? We like to think that the changing of the calendar gives us all a new opportunity to be better, get fitter, be more loving, and to be more successful; in reality every day gives us a new opportunity to do just that. The sub-header on my blog here is “do what’s difficult” for a reason. Everyday I challenge myself to overcome those small influences trying to get me to take the easy way out or to take the shortcut. From personal experience I know that it gets easier the more you do it, though there are always new unexpected challenges lurking around every turn.

What small steps or goals will you make toward those larger goals you’ve set for yourself and what support system do you have in place? Who will help keep you accountable to the new goals you expect to achieve in the next year? What daily changes in your life will you be making to achieve your resolutions for the new year 2013? Write them down and post them in a visible place where you will see themĀ  on a daily basis and tell as many people as you can – both in persona and on social media.

Another idea here too…How long do you actually greet others with a joyful “Happy New Year” welcome? Just on January 1st? That first week? The entire month? Consider taking the entire month of January to welcome new interactions with a “Happy New Year” instead of the normal hello and take note of the reaction you get…I’m interested in seeing what happens here myself!

Good luck on figuring out your goals and setting up your support system. It’s worth it to do what’s difficult if you sincerely desire change. Go Forth!