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Time For a New Year

Happiest of holidays to everyone -- from the TEB writers, editorial staff and artists to the wonderful readers who make it all possible.

As the glitter and possibility of a new year teases and tantalizes, I encourage you to really reach for your dreams.

But beyond that, can you make a plan to make that dream come true?

If you want to take a fantastic vacation, why not sign up for emails from a travel site? The occasional reminders are a constant source of inspiration to your imagination.

Do you want to write a book? If so, how long does it need to be? Divide the number of words by the number of months you have to write the book, then go for it.

Do you want to lose a few stubborn pounds? If so, is there one small tweak you can make to your diet, rather than setting up a whole list of "don'ts" that might make reaching the goal more difficult? (For example, last year, I decided to eliminate corn syrup from my diet. I had no idea how many items it was in until I began the adventure!) I didn't decide to "never eat sweets again," I decided to make a simple change that naturally allowed me to begin eating differently.

Do you want to get in shape? Maybe start with a small walk on certain days, and pencil those times in your diary as a date with yourself. Or try enlisting others. It's much more difficult to skip your exercise program if someone else is counting on you!

Whatever it is, no matter how big, a small, actionable step will get you moving forward the right way.

Here's hoping 2011 is all you dream it can be!


Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Sierra,

Great post!

For many years I belonged to a Twelve Step program. Possibly the most useful idea I took away from that experience is the saying "One day at a time". If you try to solve your whole problem at once -- if you look into the future and see the enormous scope of what you want to accomplish -- you'll be so discouraged that you'll give up before you begin. But as you point out, anyone can make one small change, take one small step, just for today. Let tomorrow take care of itself.

Happy New Year!


Sierra said...

Great thoughts, Lisabet, thanks!