The start of a new year is like having a blank slate ahead of us since we don’t exactly know where it will take us but our hopes and dreams along with new resolutions designed to help us be a better person or achieve our goals can sometimes be a great catalyst for change.
Last year my resolution was to say no more often in order to regain precious time for my family and me. I was pretty good about saying no to certain opportunities, sending my regrets, and not over extending myself during the year but I know I’m a work in progress because it’s not easy for me to say no. However, I found that I never regretted saying no because each time I did, I knew that I was reclaiming time that made me feel less frazzled and stressed.
It may be a cop-out for me to continue working on saying no as my 2014 resolution but with only 75% of resolutions lasting through the first week of January and 46% kept for the first half of the year, I want to choose to work on something that I know is attainable. I also know how it’s felt to take control of my life through the decisions I’ve made. For once, I wasn’t putting myself at the bottom of my to-do list and that felt good.
Even if you aren’t a fan of New Year’s resolutions or have already made yours, try saying no a bit more in 2014 as a way to take care of you this year. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!