Being Resolute in the Year Ahead

It’s typical for people to make New Year’s resolutions each year, again & again. Resolutions are great, but if we become resolute in setting impossible standards for ourselves, just so we can share it with others, and then talk later about how we didn’t quite live up to it, and start the same story over again. Some people are quite successful with their resolutions, but these people are committed to a goal and set reasonable, measurable, and achievable goals for themselves.
It may be a good time to start cultivating healthy habits. Each day for the next week, I’ll make a suggestion on how you can do something that will help restore and rejuvenate you. Something fairly easy that you can incorporate into your life.


It’s time to take a good look at your health. How is your vitality, your digestion? What’s the condition of your joints? Any aches and pains in the body? Have you had repeated colds, sinus congestion, or cough? What about your weight? Be honest with yourself without being judgmental.

Is it time to check your blood pressure, cholesterol, or thyroid?  Do you need to see your chiropractor, acupuncturist or massage therapist for that back pain? What about getting some energy work done to take care of that stress? When’s the last time that you saw your naturopath, homeopath, Ayurvedic practitioner, Chinese medicine doctor, or other holistic practitioner? How long do you want to stay on that prescription medicine that your allopath is suggesting? What about using natural means to heal so that you can lower your frequency or dosage and show your allopathic doctor that a medical condition is not a life sentence?Can you commit to a regular form of exercise? How about joining a gym? Find an exercise buddy. Get a pedometer and strive for at least 10,000 footsteps a day. Buy a yoga pass for a series of classes at your favorite yoga studio. Sign up for some dance classes … from ballroom to belly. Can you hire a personal trainer for at least a few sessions? Exercise and diet go hand in hand and it would also be wise to re-examine your dietary habits (or lack thereof).

If you’re usually prone to winter colds and congestion, then how about seeing your holistic practitioner to discuss what can be modified in advance this year?

Any health care professional will tell you that the earlier that you catch an illness in the disease process, the easier it is to treat, and generally, the shorter the healing time.

Put your health on your “to do” list and make it a priority. If there’s some niggling problem or something that you’ve been putting off, wait no more. Take charge of your health. Take time for yourself. In the ancient Ayurvedic texts, one form of wealth is defined as good health. Get healthy & wealthy.