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When the Fireworks Stop

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on January 1, 2019 20:25

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Now that the ball has dropped, you had your New Years kiss and made it home safely, and you are ready. Ready for what?

That’s right. It’s 2019! Welcome to the new year. I don’t know about you, but it feels a lot like 2018. As a matter of fact, I might still write 2009 on checks.

Happy New Year! 

Now that the ball has dropped, you had your New Years kiss and made it home safely, and you are ready. Ready for what?

To tackle those New Years resolutions and to take the world by storm? Remember that storms fizzle out and usually leave a wake of damage. I'm not saying that to be cynical. Really, I'm not. I love a fresh start, new goals and the energy to take on new, big things. 

You don't need a new year to do that. In fact, waiting for a milestone moment usually means its ramped up with false energy over something else - everyone else's false energy. Facebook is lit up with everyone jumping in on accountability buddy systems and group goal programs. 

Maybe, just maybe, it's that one little thing that you decided to do without any big fanfare that makes the difference. It's one thing to resolve to lose 10 pounds in 2019. Many will make it a resolution without the resolve.

The resolve is found in your reason why. Without that kind of clarity, big changes are hard to handle. This is why little habits become so important.  

So here’s what I propose: do something little every day that is even the slightest bit better than yesterday. Nothing happens overnight and just because the calendar tells us it’s a whole new year doesn’t mean we have to try to be better all at once.

Baby steps and consistency build new habits and lead to long-term success. As Dr Seuss so perfectly taught us, “Today is your day.” And guess what? That’s every day.

Look at today, not as the start of a new year, but simply as the start of a new day ready for you to be your best self.

Call me cynical if you want, but resolutions don't work without new habits. Do the little work every day to develop new habits. Then look back at the end of 2019 and say, "Wow, I really did that!"

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on January 1, 2019 20:25

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