New Rhythm, New Year

I don’t know what it is about the life cycle of a new year, but it always feels right to take a fresh look at my life systems and rhythm during the final week of 2014.

I’ve heard a preacher once say that “Health clubs and churches” are both packed in January, and there’s a reason for that. Most people give themselves permission to take a fresh look at their habits in January, because that’s what our culture dictates. But what about mid-March when the cultural influence has worn off?

If you’ve found a change worth making, isn’t it also worth setting up outside reinforcement that keeps you reminded of that change after the sugar-high of a new year’s worn off?

So, the *real* question isn’t “What should I do?” this year, but “What’s motivating me to *want* these changes, and how can I get reconnected to that original inspiration after the excitement’s worn off?”

  • Linda

    One idea to “stay connected to the original inspiration” that birthed the desire for *change* in the first place, is to make yourself accountable. This could be accomplished in different ways for different people, or perhaps in various ways for one person – whatever works at the time. Actions that have worked for me have been (1) make a chart and record daily (or hourly…) progress, (2) share my ambition with a trusted friend with whom I will report progress, (3) join a group of like-minded people with the same desire for *change*, (4) make it my mission to help someone else wanting the same change.