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3 Ways To Connect With Yourself This New Year

We are each served with a fresh chance –a blank slate filled with pure potential – every day. Every hour. Every breath. We often forget that we have this inner strength to start anew. The new year offers a reminder of these constant opportunities, but staying true to our new year’s resolutions can be difficult.

Here are 3 tips that add a twist to setting traditional new year’s resolutions and will make your journey easier.

1. Find grace. 

Our resolution often come from a place of unhappiness. The top resolution for 2014 was to lose weight – likely because people were dissatisfied with their appearance. But psychologists report that negative resolutions are harder for us to keep.Instead of dwelling on how much you don’t like your past, acknowledge it. Give it grace. It’s gotten you this far. Without it, you wouldn’t be here, ready to turn over a new leaf. As A Course in Miracles says, “By grace I live. By grace I am released.”

2. Get real, get specific.

It’s great to want to “feel happier” or “live more love” in the new year, but these ambiguous types of goals are hard to keep because they’re hard to define. Researchers state over and over again that the best resolutions are those that are specific, measurable and actionable. Keep it simple and real!

3. Find your good-vibe tribe.

Studies have found that people who have overweight friends are more likely to become overweight themselves. Another study reports people with successful peers are more likely to become successful. The list goes on. Raise the consciousness of your social circles. Find friends who are doing what you want to do and living the type of life your new year’s resolution is working to create. Let them cheer you on and keep you accountable. Our success depends on the community around us.


Joshua Duvauchelle is a health writer and certified personal trainer in Vancouver, B.C.

Discover more about Joshua on his Blog, Twitter and Instagram.

January 17, 2015 by Ashley Wray

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