Begin with Joy

Beyond New Year Resolutions

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Not only a new year but a new decade is just a week or two away.

I would encourage you to take a couple of minutes to reflect on your experiences of 2019.

I recently review this year’s photos stored on my smart phone. Here are a few of my favorites.

What I noticed was that these favs represented some of my core values and what bring me the most joy.

Family. Friends. New adventures. Celebrations. Commitment.

What experiences fill you with joy?

Typically, we start the new year full of lofty resolutions. These resolutions tend to be accomplishments, such as – lose weight, exercise more, learn a foreign language, go to Disney World, date more interesting people…. and so on.

What if we started 2020 focused on how our feeling state rather than on accomplishments?

What if we first identified how we wished to feel for the majority of the upcoming year?

How would you like to feel? Would it be – Contentment … Peacefulness … Confidence … Courageous … Serenity … Enthusiastic … Joyful … Purposeful … Hopeful …. Possibly even Radiant?

When you wake up in the morning, you want to feel rested … and what?

I would encourage you first to decide on your desired feeling state. Then focus on those actions that will support your desired feeling state.

As an example, if you desire to feel peaceful, consider:

  • Scheduling time for nature walks or yoga or prayer/meditation.
  • Spending less time with people who reek of negativity or leave you with a bad taste in your heart.
  • Finding ways to provide peace to others.
  • Slowing down.
  • And most importantly, forgiving yourself for all of your perceived failures and accept that you are indeed deserving of feeling good.

Wishing the year 2020 to be a time for you of well-being and joy.