Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Revolution

I usually make the same New Year's resolution every year... eat healthier, exercise more.  I figure that a healthy me is good for everyone, it has kind of a trickle down effect.  I'm pretty good at the healthy eating part.   My husband and I are constantly adopting new, healthier eating habits.  Exercising more is where I consistently fall short on my promises.

This year, in addition to the standard eat healthy and of course exercise more promise, I'm also going to start a "revolution".   I'm going to try to change the way that I think about myself.   To help me achieve this revolution, I've downloaded Beth Kempton's free "New Years Revolution" kit.  I'm a fan of Do What you Love and they offered this free kit to help people get closer to doing what they love in the new year.  I recommend checking out their site to download your free copy here.

After downloading the 24 pages... I sat with a cup of tea, cleared my mind and truly focused on the questions being asked of me.  I came to the conclusion that what I really need in the New Year is confidence.  Not a bit of confidence but a whole lot of it.

For as long as I can remember, a lack of confidence has ruled my life.  It's crept into every aspect of my personal and professional life.  It has caused me to worry unnecessarily.  Every once in a while I fool people into thinking I'm calm and collected... When my daughter was born, I needed to go to my 6 wk check up with my Ob/Gyn.  It was one of the first times that I was out and about with my new baby daughter, all by myself.  I had made a few quick outings with her to the grocery store in the weeks proceeding just as practice.  I would feed her and then run out to the store with my sleepy baby.  My Dr. apt. was at an odd time and I was not able to feed her before I left home.  I remember sitting in the waiting room worrying.  I was a ball of nerves, worried that she was going to cry, worried that she would get hungry and I would have to figure out how to nurse her in public... YIKES what would I do?  (This seems very funny to me now of course!)  Anyway, a couple came in and sat down.  I smiled at them and the pregnant woman said... "I can only hope to be as calm as you when I have my baby".  I smiled again and said "You'll be fine, trust me".    I later wondered how had I fooled them, and what was I so worried about?  Even though I worried, making it through the appointment was a success and I felt like a more confident new mom.

I think that worry, confidence and success go hand in hand.  In the new year, I hope to cut out the worrying, in hopes of having more confidence to tackle whatever is in front of me.  If I could just be confident from the start, imagine the success that could come from that!

I'm going to keep this "kit" where I will see it everyday to remind myself of my goals.   It comes with a great calendar where you can write down your goals and each month they give you something new to try.  September says to "Be brave.  Do something that scares you every day."  I think that could make for a really crazy September so I think I'll tackle my fears throughout the year.  I'll try to update you on my progress, successes and failures.

Best wishes to anyone who happens to read this...
May we all be most importantly healthy and happy but also more confident in the New Year!


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