by Tony L. Sheppard, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA
Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? It’s a common question this time of year that is frequently met with eye-rolling. Maybe we jump to cynicism too quickly. Is a new year something magical that can transform us into the “us of our dreams”? Maybe not. But, a new year does offer an opportunity to re-commit to things that are important to us. Hanging a new calendar feels in some ways like a fresh start. All those blank days waiting to be filled with something.
Whether or not we formalize it into a list of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s good to take inventory of our lives. What would you like to be different in 2019? What do you want to accomplish? Goals in life offer us a roadmap. They guide us in a specific direction, preventing us from filling those empty days on the calendar with ramblings (not that ramblings are always a bad thing). Give it some thought.
As you might guess from the topic, I’ve thought about it. I’ll share some of my thoughts here. I’d like to finally finish that professional article I’ve been working on for 5 years. I’d like to make some new videos for the practice website. Brushing up on my Spanish would be nice. Returning to yoga class would be healthy! Finally, I want to work hard to keep a positive attitude about life.
So, I’m not going to call them New Year’s Resolutions. We’ll just call them life goals that I’m refocusing on in 2019.