Dec 26. The day after Christmas. It’s now over until next year. The holiday food, the expectations, the shopping for gifts. Now we move on to the next chapter – New Year’s Eve and making resolutions for 2014.
For me Christmas and New Years is equal to long days of work and being away from family. This year it hit me extra hard. I was constantly surrounded by memories of waking up and enjoying late breakfasts, going playing in the snow, enjoying time together with family and well, the holidays used to be a nice and relaxing time for me.
A few days ago I decided to make an early resolution for 2014. To find a way to spend Christmas with my family next year. I haven’t spent the holidays with them for a very long time. See, I work and live in a ski town. Most everyone I know, including me, work around the clock for the holidays so that our visiting guests can enjoy their time here. It’s a few weeks of truly spinning the wheel. You wake up, work, sleep and repeat.
My resolution for next year will take some creative work. My family lives on another continent, thousands of miles away and my ski resort job requires that I work the holidays. Now, someone may invent a time machine so I can be in two places at the same time but in case that doesn’t happen my resolution means I have a challenge ahead of me.
A resolution should be about something you want to change. Change requires work and dedication. It also requires you to ask yourself why you are doing it.
Because just saying you are going to change something is not going to work. There has to be a reason. I want the magic of Christmas back in my life, instead of it just being a season of exhaustion.
If your resolution is to get back in shape just saying you are going to start exercising is not going to do the trick. You need to dig deeper. Find that internal motivation and drive as to why. Maybe you haven’t hit that “I’m sick of it and want a change” feeling yet. If you have you will find a way to make a change in your life. If you haven’t then maybe a good resolution is to ask yourself what you want in your life and spend some time thinking about it so that you can find that internal drive and motivation.
Make your resolutions real this year. Make them count. Make them happen. Because if they truly count, then you will find a way. If they don’t, then you’ll find an excuse.
What resolution/s do you have for 2014?