And so the New Year is finally here….

It’s arrived January 1st 2011… the dawn of a New Year

But what will we really do with the countless opportunities that lay before us, some make New year’s resolutions with the very best of intent, promises to themselves of all they are going to do, others say they don’t make them or can’t be bothered (probably admitting they will fail anyway so what’s the point) which is really just a way out of committing themselves to something or other.

Seriously though what will we do with this New Year? It is recognised as an opportunity for a “fresh start” but in reality every morning we wake up we have that same opportunity so why wait for the beginning of a New Year when all the things that we could have done have then piled up into a monstrous list in some cases of the things we now list as resolutions, that we could have faced and dealt with at some stage throughout the year.

Hey now there is a thought… what if we did face and sort those things that come to challenge us as they arrive before us? That would mean there would be no need to make resolutions at New Year! Already done! Already sorted!

For me personally there are no resolutions to make this year, and no I’m not in the can’t be bothered group, it’s because this year I see what would be resolutions more as tasks/goals that I need and want to complete. This year more than ever I have taken a little “time out” to look where my failures have been over this past year, things that I could have done, but didn’t for one reason or another, looked at where I could have made better choices/decisions and how they have affected my life and the life of those around me. (We have to remember that all of our actions and thoughts have an effect on others to some degree, whether we want to admit it or not). I have also however taken time to look at my achievements, because we also need to be kind to ourselves, not become totally negative and try to find a balance, we mustn’t just look at the failures, because at some stage throughout the year we will have done something positive however small. I know that I have helped and supported some people in my life who are very important to me this past year, so there is a positive and helping people is very important and satisfying to me, so there is another positive, another achievement, so now I have two! And the list could go on. Don’t berate and drag yourself down by only looking at the negatives.

Failing at something, making a mistake, things not turning out the way we wanted need not be a negative, because there is always something to learn from it, and as long as we learn and understand the lesson (just as important), as long as we know we have done our very best, then it really is a positive because we have learned something, we have gained experience and knowledge. The important point here is not to use failure and the lessons from it as an excuse not to do our very best in all we endeavour to do! It could quite easily turn into a bad habit of half-hearted gestures and commitment to our personal responsibilities.

A good idea is to look at the things you want to achieve throughout the year, write them down as a list in two categories a “things I must do” and “things I would like to do” that way you are not putting too much pressure on yourself and if you are realistic in your listings and have things in the correct categories, then if there are a few let downs or failures their impact won’t be so severe.

As I said at the outset I don’t really have resolutions this year they are more tasks/goals things I want to achieve, some that I need to… If I do have a resolution it would be the one I aim for every year…. To be the best I possibly can be in all that I do.

Okay so….. What will you do with this New Year?

A New Year a new you’ a New Year’s resolution is simply a long term goal.

New Year’s Eve is right next door it has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want (or need) to make and resolve to follow through on those changes.

Whether you’re looking to make a big change, or just tweak a few little things, the new year gives you the perfect opportunity to reflect on your behaviour and resolve to do better going forward.

What do you hope to achieve within the coming year.  They’re not really any different than any other challenging goal that we set for ourselves aside from the convenience of the calendar year as a tool for keeping track of our progress. Speaking of which…A resolution paired with a year has a very convenient structure for keeping track of progress. If you want to watch the march of progress, the calendar is set up perfectly for you. 52 weeks. 12 months. Four quarters. At the start of the year, you have a great structure for milestones and progress checks that fall right in place. This is so convenient, in fact, that it makes the new year a particularly convenient time to make a resolution.

Clear measurements of success make it easier to track progress. For example, if you’re seeking to get yourself into better physical shape,  stop smoking ,seeking out specific measurements of some kind for your health is very convenient.

The only one disadvantage of this approach is to get disheartened when one fails example, your trying to “quit smoking” and it just didn’t quite work out for that day but  one can always pick straight back up if you chose to.

Tradition dictates that every 365 days, you should try to kick bad habits and start your life anew a new year a new you. So sit down with a cup of coffee OR tea, a paper and a pen, and reflect: What kinds of New Years Resolutions will you make for yourself this January 1st?

Can your new year resolution make the top ten ?

1. Spend More Time with Family & Friends

More than 50% of peaple vow to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends. this year  Make plans to meet up with friends for an evening  at a favourite  restaurant or take the family to one of these popular Pittsburgh places for family fun. Work shouldn’t always come first!

2. Fit in Fitness

The evidence is in for fitness. Regular exercise has been associated with more health benefits than anything else known to man. Studies show that it reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better. Why not make this the time to start getting in shape for one of these popular Pittsburgh Area Charity Walks, Runs or Rides?

3. Tame the Bulge

Over 66 percent of adult  are considered overweight or obese by recent studies, so it is not surprising to find that weight loss is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the two most important factors in sticking with a weight loss program, and the key to success for those millions of peaple who made a New Year’s commitment to shed extra pounds.

4. Quit Smoking

If you have resolved to make this the year that you stamp out your smoking habit, over-the-counter availability of nicotine replacement therapy now provides easier access to proven quit-smoking aids. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down. On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life! Even Allegheny County is trying to go smoke-free, and it’s taken them a few tries as well. Locally, there are a variety of free support services, hotlines and smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit.

5. Enjoy Life More

Given the hectic, stressful lifestyles of millions of peaple, it is no wonder that “enjoying life more” has become a popular resolution in recent years. It’s an important step to a happier and healthier you! Consider a healing centre, reconnect with your higher self read books on healing yourself to bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Or just get out and try something new! Take up a new hobby or try your hand at skiing. Go to a theatre performance, or head to the local spa.

6. Quit Drinking

While many people use the New Year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey but do much better when they taper gradually, or even learn to moderate their drinking. If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings throughout  many country’s . There is also  groups for Parents of Teenage Alcohol and Drug Abusers. There are also a number of treatment-based programs, as well as support groups for families of alcoholics.

7. Get Out of Debt

Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the millions of peaple who have resolved to spend this year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the year ahead.

8. Learn Something New

Have you vowed to make this year the year to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to fix your computer? Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating New Year’s resolutions to keep. our Community College   offers a wide variety of “lifelong learning” courses, and  offer great recreational training for beginners of all ages. Most local colleges and universities offer distance and adult education programs.

9. Help Others

A popular, non-selfish New Year’s resolution, volunteerism can take many forms. Whether you choose to spend time helping out at your local library ,blog like I do, mentoring a child, or building a house, there are many nonprofit volunteer organizations that could really use your help. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to donate the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than leaving them out by the curb to fill up our landfills.

10. Get Organized

On just about every New Year resolution top ten list, organization can be a very reasonable goal. Whether you want your home organized a little better so that you can invite someone over on a whim, or your office organized enough that you can find the stapler when you need it, these tips and resources should get you started on the way to a more organized life.  reduce the clutter in your life and find peace in your home.

Here at Mediums World we wish you all a happy successful and loving new year what ever new years resolution  you assign for yourself,  god bless.