New Year, Same You?

Each morning when I open my eyes, I say to myself,

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.

I can choose which it will be.  Yesterday is dead; tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.

I have just one day, today and I’m going to be happy in it.”

-Groucho Marx

The new year brings with it time for reflection and self-evaluation.  What are my goals? What do I hope to accomplish this year? Am I happy with myself?  Do you ever ask yourself, at the start of the year, what is working?

We have become accustomed to January 1st wiping the slate clean and ‘starting fresh.’  This can be a motivating time of year for many and bring about much positive change.  I encourage you though, before you evaluate what isn’t working or needs to change, take stock in what is working.  A new twist on New Year’s resolutions!  It can be easy to get wrapped up in the negatives or dwell on the areas where you feel stuck, leading you to lose sight of the good.

When you search for what is working in your life, consider things that have gone well over the past year; relationships, work, friendships, goals you met, self growth, skills learned or happiness found.  Can you enhance these great changes even further?  Also consider things that have gone well for you in the past, areas that maybe you have not tapped into for a while; an old skill, hobby or job where you once felt accomplished.  Re-vist it! You see, you do not always need to ‘start fresh.’  Rather goals you set for this year can develop out of what is already there.  Sometimes we just have to remind ourselves to think about what is working as opposed to what is not working.

So whether you are setting out with brand new goals, or refurbishing some old ones, we at Fox Valley Institute wish you a healthy and happy New Year in 2016!

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