Why You Should Think Twice About Becoming a ‘New You’ in the New Year

September 03, 2020 | | Comments 0

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Thoughts & Encouragement to Help You Attain Your Goals

You know the phrase, “Become a new you in the New Year!”? We’ve all heard it in one form or another through various channels. Sometimes it’s weight loss commercials on TV, sometimes it’s through an ad in a magazine, and sometimes it’s a little closer to home – from a friend or a loved one. I’d like to encourage you to think critically about the ‘become a new you’ notion. While this phrase is cloaked in positivity, it’s actually rooted in negativity. The idea of becoming a new person infers that you must abandon yourself to become someone else entirely – someone better. This phrase also reeks of negativity because the subliminal message is that you are not good enough. It causes you to dwell on your downfalls.

I have a challenge for you as the New Year draws near. I challenge you to change your mindset. Far too many of us start thinking, ‘If I just make it through this holiday season, then I’ll emerge on the other side with motivation to make the changes in my life I so long to see.’ What if, instead of limiting yourself to merely ‘making it through,’ you opened the door of abundance in your own life. Change your thinking to thriving instead of existing. The idea of just ‘making it through’ something is bleak, isn’t it? Wouldn’t you rather experience life and thrive no matter the season or the situation?

Well, I’m happy to tell you that you can! The simple act of changing your thinking will launch you from negativity to positivity – just like that! Did you know that taking on a new mindset is the most effective catalyst for taking on new behavior? The power of the mind is astonishing. Let’s say your goal for the New Year is to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you are struggling with your weight, or maybe you just know you are not very healthy. The moment you decide to change your thinking from simply ‘making it through’ to ‘thriving,’ you will begin to see open doors where there was once only dead-ends.

In a motion to make this less nebulous and more tangible, I want to give you a very basic example that can be applied to many circumstances and situations. Picture yourself at a holiday party. The wine and bubbly are flowing and the hor’deurve table is full of a sweet and savory delights. If you were stuck in a negative mindset, the situation would likely end in you eating everything you wanted, all the while telling yourself, “It’s okay, just make it through this holiday season – you’re going to be a new person in the New Year.” The problem with this thinking is that you are not giving yourself a realistic, manageable path to success. How will you reach your goals if your thinking and habits don’t change?

Now, picture yourself getting ready for that holiday party. You’re anticipating a plethora of delicious food and drinks and you want to enjoy yourself. You are thinking ahead, though. You know that if you gorge on the holiday food, you won’t feel great afterward. Physically, you will feel like you over did it and emotionally, you will feel, empty! So, since you have decided to change your thinking, you are keeping your goal in mind. Why wait until New Year’s Day to start getting healthy? Won’t it be much easier and more fulfilling to make small decisions and changes now through New Year’s Day, so that you have some momentum to keep fueling that goal? You decide to have a healthy snack at home before the party so that once you’re there, you can enjoy your favorite things, but you don’t over do it and better yet, you don’t feel deprived! After the party, physically, you feel good and emotionally you feel wonderful.

Yes, this is a very simple example, but what I want you to see is that you always have two choices ahead of you. Whatever your goal may be, you can choose the healthier, more fulfilling path by thinking positively and thinking ahead, or you can make it much more difficult for yourself by taking the oft-easier, but sadder path of negativity.

Also, no matter what your goal for the New Year might be, take this to heart: You do not need to become a new person. Who you are is unique, wonderful and the culmination of all of your life’s circumstances and events. Why would you want to erase that? Sure, we all have areas we’d like to improve and goals we’d like to reach for – that is healthy! I challenge you to pursue a new version of YOURSELF, not a whole new you!

Many blessings to you and yours this holiday season and in the New Year to come!

Originally posted 2013-12-27 22:53:09.

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