The ladies from Darling Magazine are back, and this month they’re sharing tips for a super-successful 2016! Read on for a snippet of their advice and then head on over to Darling Magazine for the full feature—it’s definitely worth the read.
New Year, new you. Sound familiar? We’ve all heard it. Many of us have said it; even fewer of us feel any assurance in our ability to make it come true. Resolutions fly about as wayward as falling snow. We make promises for health, fitness, family or friends. But so often, there’s this semi-joking expectation of failure. And that preemptive guilt, that fear of disappointing before you’ve even begun, can paralyze our potential for progress.
Embracing change is not impossible, but it has to be intentional and persistent, beginning with a solid foundation. That groundwork for any personal development is grace. Now, we don’t write ourselves a blank check or anything; rather, we extend a certain level of understanding. We’re not striving for perfection, but instead working toward improvement. We must give ourselves room to falter without allowing such slips to define our journey. This age-old motto serves as a perfect guideline: Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and start again where you left off.
“We must give ourselves room to falter without allowing such slips to define our journey.”
Building on this firm foundation then becomes a series of little victories. It’s as if we’re learning to crawl before we can walk. Setting interim goals and recognizing those successes brings the final destination quickly into view. While we’re crafting habits and defining objectives for a new year, it’s vital to envision them a week or month at a time. Those internal checkpoints are put in place to gauge progress. So, whether cutting back on caffeine, maintaining a workout routine, or calling mom as much as we’ve promised, we must be conscious of any advancement made. Enrichment takes time, and if we’re staring up at that looming mountain of resolutions without watching the next step, it’s easy to lose our balance.
See the rest of the article on Darling Magazine.