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This is Your NOW Year: Conquer Your New Year’s Resolutions with a New Perspective

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by Jemea A Kingsby

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The big glittery New Year’s ball has dropped like dead weight. 2019 is in full effect. Year after year a huge pressure-push labeled as a resolution creeps up. Excitement surrounds big changes: replace all carbs with water, exercise 10 times a week, lose hundreds of pounds, quick smoking, read 30 books, become a PTA Mom (or Dad), erase all debt then start investing, start school, finish school, and take a luxury vacation to Greece, safari in Tanzania, hike Machu Picchu and master French. Yikes! No pressure? 

According to Forbes, only 8% of people succeed in their new year’s resolutions.

According to Forbes, only 8% of people succeed in their new year’s resolutions, 8%. So that leaves 92% of us to fail -- Every. Year. Sounds disappointing as fuck. According to the Business Insider 80% fail by the second week of February. What if this year we stopped looking at the calendar and started looking one day at a time?

We are bombarded with the appeal of new, something shinier, prettier, better; the latest upgrade can be bought with a few clicks and hell it can be delivered to our door in under an hour! But with so much instant gratification, new shit no longer delivers long-term satisfaction.

Avoid the disappointment of new year’s failures by staying present in the now. This is your year to conquer your resolutions and make the changes you’ve been craving to create a better life for yourself and those you love. The past will not change, its history and the future is unknown, its a mystery. Conquer your New Year resolutions with the tips below on obtaining your best Now Year! 

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Three Tips to get your Now Year into action today:

Generate Positive Thoughts First thing in the Morning

Focusing on the now is easiest when you start from the moment you open your eyes. If you have anxiety or stress in your life the first thoughts are the strongest and will set the tone for your day. Our brains reset as we sleep so take advantage of creating happy thoughts early. This is also why a 15-minute nap during your day can be helpful. It gives you time to halt your brainwaves, so you wake up feeling refreshed.

  • Connect to your Higher Power through prayer, meditation, and scripture-- religious preferences aside, seeking alignment with your Spiritual Realm for guidance throughout your day is a powerful practice.
  • Listen to a positive podcast, audiobook, presentation or sermon from your favorite speaker
  • Reflect on the wins you had from yesterday with a journal
  • Recite affirmations, YouTube has great morning meditations
  • Take a vigorous run, swim or yoga, stretching your body invigorates the mind
  • Use Angel or Oracle Cards to energize your divine energy, carry your card(s) of the day with you as a reminder of your focus.

Make a Daily To-Do List

The old adage says “failure to plan is planning to fail”. Stress, anxiety, and disappointment in this context stem from not living up to your personal best. That failure is discouraging and may even exacerbate your stress, anxiety and even depression. If you have 20 things to do today, choose 2 tasks you consider high-level, code-red, urgent AF (as f*ck). Leave the rest in the hands of your Higher Power. As a matter of fact, write a list for yourself and write a list for your Higher Power. See which one of you gets more done, I promise your Higher Power will deliver on a golden platter every time.

Practice Daily Gratitude

What if this year you committed to refocusing your perspective of new to an appreciation for the now. It may not be new but it is what we have now, so appreciate it. Give thanks and gratitude for the material possessions you already have. Appreciate the job you have which provides daily sustenance of food and shelter. Be grateful for the people in your life: your friends and family that build you up and those frienemies and associates who make life difficult which provides a valuable lesson on how to cope deal and maneuver through life. That’s some shit you can’t learn in a school book.

“The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” ― Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Don’t look to the New Year for a change, look to the NOW for your change. 

The newness wears off, it gets old and loses its shine. But the here and now never fades.

The newness wears off, it gets old and loses its shine. But the here and now never fades.

Happy NOW Year Beautiful!

Stay tuned for more on the #GetPerspective blog. As I’ll continue to share what I’ve learned as I work towards personal growth and an ever-changing understanding of perspectives.

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