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Susan's Blog

Just say 'No!' to Resolutions in 2010!

Susan Marek

The New Year is upon us.  After recovering from a night or perhaps an entire year of overindulgence, bad habits, and unfinished business, most feel January 1st is the time to begin anew.  Sounds great.  The method of choice by most people is to make resolutions for the coming year.  I heartily disagree.  Just say 'No!' to resolutions!  Let's take apart the very word, resolution.  Re = again.  Solution = an answer to a problem.  So put it all together, kids, and what does it mean?  An answer to a problem...again!  Resolutions are always made from a place of a problem, a place of lack, a place where we see something is being wrong.  How long have you actually kept to a resolution?  Honestly.  A month? A week? A day? I have gone down this wayward path many times.  Sometimes I am able to keep it up for a month or two, but then lose my resolve and go back to the old way of doing things.  The problem is, when we make resolutions, we are coming from the same mindset that got us into the mess to begin with.  I propose a different method to affect change.  I am a firm believer in affirmations.  Look!  Even the word firm is in there.  Firm = securely or solidly fixed in place.  Positive affirmations come from a place of abundance, love, a place completely opposite from where you were.  You cannot tell me you were in a place of abundance when you were lamenting your maxed out credit cards.  Instead of "I resolve to spend less money," try "I am grateful that I have plenty of money to save." We are still talking about saving money, but the affirmation keeps us in a very uplifted, powerful place.  Instead of 'I resolve to eat healthily and exercise more," use "I love and respect my body.  I honor myself with good food.  I am energized and refreshed when I move my body."    It may not always be easy, but it can be that simple.  So celebrate the New Year and release your old habits.  Begin anew, but from a positive place.  Affirm, not resolve, and watch the changes begin.  Happy New Year!