Did you make a resolution for the new year? Are you sticking to it?
Here’s a question that’s always puzzled me: Why wait for January? Every day is the start of a new year!
None of us is guaranteed another year on this planet. Or even another day. I make resolutions all year long. I call them goals. If you want to accomplish something, plan it into your life. Now! Make it a concrete goal, today, with tiny baby-steps that will get you closer and closer.
Take writing, for example. Writing a book – doesn’t that sound atrocious?! A whole book?! Never! But…do you think you could write one paragraph? Okay, then, do you think you could write one page? No? Then just write one paragraph a day. That’ll get you there, too. Eventually, those paragraphs will become a book.
If you can write one paragraph, you can write two. As my son said before my jogging with our dog became real running, “If you can run a mile, Mom, you can run a mile and a half.”
Four marathons later, I can state without any doubt that he’s absolutely right. Baby steps will get you wherever you want to go. As the French say,
Petit à petit, l’oiseau fait son nid.
Little by little, one twig at a time, the bird makes its nest. Don’t set out to conquer the whole world – just your little corner of it.
I hope your new year – whenever you started it (or plan to) – gets you where you want to go!
Did you recognize my Christmas cactus at the top?
And here’s a little winter beauty to inspire your winter goals. This is Multnomah Falls, in Oregon.
(Photo credit: Stasia Honnold.)