Not only should you ditch your New Year Resolutions, you should never make them again. Seriously. Forget New Year, New You.
Winter is the worst time to make big changes in your life. The worst. Sure, January 1 is the first day of the new year, and in theory, that sounds like a great time for change. But it’s not.
By the first of the year, we’re all coming down off the holidays. Our busy schedules have exhausted us. Six weeks of drinks and baked goods and family feasts have taken their toll. Our belts are tighter and so are our budgets. Why in the world would we burden ourselves with a massive ‘Must Do’ list when all we want to do is curl up with a good book and a cookie and a cup of tea?
Instead of relying on our calendars, let’s be guided by the natural cycle of the seasons. Instead of New Year Resolutions, let’s commit to Springtime Growth.
Winter is not a time for energetic change – it’s a time for hibernation, for quiet solitude, for looking within. We sleep a little more, indulge our appetites a little more, make ourselves cozy.
Spring comes and brings with it great energy: the gentle warming of the earth wakes up the trees and invites flowers to push through the earth and bloom. It’s a time of powerful change. Let’s align ourselves with that transformative energy and make our resolutions in the spring.
Whether you’re kicking an old bad habit or committing to a new healthy habit, the energy of spring can support you.
Think of the tender buds on trees and the tiny spring flowers that are the first to bloom … early spring growth often withstands cold, snow, and volatile weather as winter transitions into spring. Those buds and flowers seem fragile, but they’re not. They’re incredibly strong and resilient and vibrant.
Just like you.
So set your intention. Commit to change. Then look at the natural world around you. Allow it to be your guide. Pay attention to how spring arises – not all at once, but little by little, leaf by leaf, petal by petal … slow and steady, even through stormy weather.
Just like you.
Enjoy the cleansing rain. Let the sun warm your face. Take long walks. Breathe. Move into your own change with gentleness and gratitude.
Be inspired by the beautiful spring renewal around you – and inside you.
Do you think spring is the best time to make changes in your life? Or do you prefer to make New Year resolutions? Tell us what you think in the comments!
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