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Bring In The New Year
Author; Lesley Voth
Woke up this morning to a beautiful day
I guess its like any other, in a special way
Yes, it is the beginning of a brand new year
Lets pray that it is more prosperous and with less fear
The sun is out, the ocean is calm and the birds are singing
For them it is just another day, they don’t worry about what the year is bringing
So be sure that this year is going to be so good
Don’t let anyone tell you different, You know they could
Whatever the year 2010 to you did bring
You bet that 2011 you are going to sing
It is going to be prosperous believe the best
If it wasn’t last year, remember 2010 is laid to rest.
Lets hope that all our soldiers come home
Be with their families, never more to roam
Lets pray that there will be peace, I know a big ask
Lets start in our homes, our country, an achievable task
So everyone who reads this verse
Believe you will have a bulging prosperous purse
Your health and happiness will be abundant
All your not so good experiences, in 2010, totally redundant
2011 full of fun, laughter and good cheer
Bring it on, bring in the New Year
This is an article from Zen Habits which again is an excellent website and very inspirational on many subjects. this is one of them. Once again this site has a free newsletter which is worth joining.
Post written by Leo Babauta.
We’re several days into the New Year, and many of us are still basking in the glow of a fresh start.
Every year, January brings renewed optimism for change, for a better life, for a better you. And that’s a wonderful thing.
It’s wonderful, because this fresh start gives us a chance to reinvent our lives and ourselves. It allows us to reinvigorate ourselves, to shed the baggage of the previous year and do anything. Anything is possible!
That is a gift, my friends, and I suggest we make the most of this gift. Not just by creating and sticking to resolutions (here’s my guide for doing that), but by reinventing the way we live.
Every year I have a New Year resolution.
Invariably I fail with most of them, as do most people who expound that they are going to be fitter and healthier, nicer, happier etc, etc, yadi ya.
I read this article that was sent to me by email and I thought had some quite good suggestions that might bring us success.
The Website is http://zenhabits.net/.
‘Habits are at first cobwebs, then cables.’ ~ Spanish Proverb
Post written by Leo Babauta.
Let’s face it: most of us fail when it comes to sticking to resolutions — so much so that many people swear never to make resolutions again.
And yet the rest of us are eternally hopeful when the New Year comes around, believing without any credible evidence that we can improve our lives, that change is possible, that we’re not going to be stuck in the same old rut again this year.
I’m here to tell you that you can do it. It’s possible. I’ll show you how.
The Problem with Most Resolutions
While I love the optimism of New Year’s Resolutions, unfortunately, the enthusiasm and hope often fades within weeks, and our efforts at self improvement come to a whimpering end.
New Year’s Resolutions usually fail because of a combination of some of these reasons:
We try to do too many resolutions at once, and that spreads our focus and energies too thin. It’s much less effective to do many habits at once (read more).
We only have a certain amount of enthusiasm and motivation, and it runs out because we try to do too much, too soon. We spend all that energy in the beginning and then run out of steam.
We try to do really tough habits right away, which means it’s difficult and we become overwhelmed or intimidated by the difficulty and quit.
We try to be “disciplined” and do very unpleasant habits, but our nature won’t allow that to last for long. If we really don’t want to do something, we won’t be able to force ourselves to do it for long.
Life gets in the way. Things come up unexpectedly that get in the way of us sticking with a habit.
Resolutions are often vague — I’m going to exercise! — but don’t contain a concrete action plan and don’t use proven habit techniques. That’s a recipe for failure.
There are other reasons, but the ones above are easily sufficient to stop resolutions from succeeding.
The 6 Changes Method
So what are we to do? I’ve created the 6 Changes Method, along with a new site called 6Changes.com, to solve these problems:
- We only focus on one habit change at a time, so our focus and energies aren’t spread thinly.
- We implement the habit changes gradually, so we don’t run out of steam.
- We start out really, really easily, so it isn’t intimidating.
- We focus on enjoyable activities, so we don’t need “discipline”.
- We have two months to do the habit change, so if something comes up, it’s but a small bump in the road. And because we’re publicly committed, we’re going to get back on track.
- We have a very specific plan with actions built in, using proven habit change techniques.
If you stick with the method, you’ll do much better than you’ve done in the past with New Year’s Resolutions. You’ll focus on creating long-lasting habits rather than trying to reach a short-term goal that fails. You’ll maintain your enthusiasm for longer and not become overwhelmed by the difficulty of change. You’ll have habits that will change your life, and that’s no small feat.
So how does the 6 Changes method work?
- Pick 6 habits for 2010.
- Pick 1 of the 6 habits to start with.
- Commit as publicly as possible to creating this new habit in 2 months.
- Break the habit into 8 baby steps, starting with a ridiculously easy step. Example: if you want to floss, the first step is just to get out a piece of floss at the same time each night.
- Choose a trigger for your habit – something already in your routine that will immediately precede the habit. Examples: eating breakfast, brushing your teeth, showering, waking up, arriving at the office, leaving the office, getting home in the evening.
- Do the 1st, really easy baby step for one week, right after the trigger. Post your progress publicly. (Read more.)
Each week, move on to a slightly harder step. You’ll want to progress faster, but don’t. You’re building a new habit. Repeat this until you’ve done 8 weeks.
You now have a new habit! Commit to Habit No. 2 and repeat the process.