Why New Year's Resolutions Fail

Top Ten Reasons Why New Year's Resolutions Fail:

10. Still in a state of exhaustion from traveling, scheduling, parties. 

9. Knee-jerk reactions to spending time with dysfunctional families.

8. Not yet over the cold/virus we caught at the mall or traveling.

7. We gained a few extra pounds eating holiday junk food.

6. We're still on a sugar high withdrawal from eating holiday junk food.

5. Not enough sunlight or exercise.

4. Not enough "ME" time.

3. Over-Activity during a natural hibernation cycle.

2. Need time to catch our breath.

1. Need time to center and focus on what's real.

A Better Way?

1. Stop rushing around, relax, and recover first!  Don't make any plans or absolute statements until you're rested and healthy.

2. Write down the lessons you learned over the holidays.  Get it out on paper.  Do a fire ceremony to let go of the old and bring in the new.  Talk it through with some friends who see you in a different light than your family does.

3. Spend some time meditating on who you want to become and what you want to create and then listen carefully.  Formulate INTENTIONS, not resolutions.  Might seem like a small difference in wording, but it can make the difference between giving yourself the opportunity to change vs. punishing yourself for failing.

4. Let the ideas from your meditation "percolate" or "gestate."  Write about the ideas and where your paths may lead if you adopt them.  There are at least eight pathways each idea can take you, one for each direction.  Don't settle for only two options.  Step beyond duality.

5.  Get your feet on the ground.  Literally.  Ground yourself by walking barefoot on grass or beach if you can.  Spend some time in natural setting.

6. Take a breathing break.  Breathe deeply.  Do it more frequently when you're under stress.

7.  Eat healthy foods, especially foods grown underground (potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, etc.)  Put them into warming soups.  Eat less refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup and prepared foods.

8.  Make sure to get into the sunshine every day.  Each of us needs varying amounts of light.  Switch to natural spectrum light bulbs.

9.  Allow your ideas to manifest in full-grown form.  Give them time to develop inside a warm winter cocoon.  It might be February or March before they're ready to hatch!  Take advantage of the natural cycles and seasons.  Spring is time for new growth.

10.  Allow yourself to modify your intentions as the year progresses.  Give yourself praise for every achievement.  Give yourself a break for every "failure" and start again tomorrow.  Express gratitude for every step along the path as you progress.


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