The new year that’s coming in a couple days is a great opportunity for a fresh start.  Sometimes it feels like we need a clean slate, so that we can symbolically have a new beginning.  January 1st provides that image for many of us.

I’ve never particularly liked making New Year’s resolutions.  They too often put a lot of pressure on us.  We can set ourselves up for failure by coming up with goals that are too big or too abstract.

I do remember being a small child, though, and getting a big box of crayons and a new tablet at the start of the school year, or maybe at Christmas.  I loved thinking of all the wonderful possibilities that the tablet could hold!  The pages were fresh and clean, with no scribbles or marks of any kind.  A new year is kind of like that to me.  It’s fun to imagine what kinds of possibilities will come to fill up the days, as the new year unfolds.

What would you like to have in your life this coming year?  Are there things you can do to increase the chances of them happening?  This is a great opportunity to look at the last year and find what’s been working and not working in your life!  I help clients with this all the time.  You may want to work with a therapist, coach, or mentor wherever you are, to help you decide one or two things you would like to begin changing.

We don’t get to change the choices we’ve already made, but we can begin now to make new, healthier, more productive choices to bring us more satisfying results this year.  We need to start with small steps forward and notice our victories!  Grab this opportunity and get a fresh start!

Have a very happy, healthy, peaceful New Year in 2011!  Thank you for choosing to join me on this blog.  I know you have a lot of demands on your time and energy, so I appreciate that you read what I write, add your own comments, and send emails.

Until next time,

Linda

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