What’s going to keep you going in the New Year? Chellyz View
It’s a New Year! I know you have seen and heard all the Hoopla. “New Year, New Me.” “2020, is my Year.” “No negativity in the New Year!” So forth…so forth… and so forth. What happens by the fourth or fifth of January or maybe even on the first? We made a ton of resolutions then have a heavy heart because we don’t live up to them. Well, I am going to keep this post plain and simple. Stop throwing all those resolutions out there that you can’t handle. Don’t you know they will return like a boomerang and hit you right in the face. Booyah! At that point you are feeling the burdens of self-defeat and depression. What should you do instead? Hey, I’m no expert but I would like to share three quick tips that have been helping me over the years.
Just try to be the best version of you!
I know it sounds cliché, but it’s so true. You’ve read about this phrase in other articles. Life is not perfect. Neither am I or You. Lord knows throughout my 40 plus years the life I have lived has not been stellar. I haven’t always been the best daughter, mother, wife, sister, friend or well you get the picture. Kodak moments haven’t always been displayed on the mantle of the fireplace or in my mind. However, what I have decided to do is be the best version of myself. No imitation. No fakeness. Just me.
I will strive to make wiser and better choices moving forward while packing plenty of prayer, patience, hopefulness, understanding, and positivity. Most definitely, more common sense. Hey, Donnie McClurkin sang it best, “We fall down, but we get up.” I don’t care how many times you must repeat the cycle. Learn to get back up and stand tall each time you may fall or fail.
Don’t stay in a place of Darkness!
Whether we want to admit it or not, life goes by quicker than we expected the older we become. What happens? Losses. Loss of jobs, loved ones, self-confidence, wealth, social status, relationships etc… Sometimes it feels like there are more losses than gains which may lead us to a dark place. I don’t know if you are in a spiritual place or not. Over the past two years, I had the opportunity to participate in a wonderful Biblical Bible class at Zion Hope in Detroit, MI. Looking forward to year three!!!! One of the recurring themes I have learned from the classes is if you have ever felt defeated in life or if you feel the enemy is always on your heels, don’t stay in a place of darkness.
Yes, it is alright to feel sad, it is alright to cry, and it is alright to go through the motions. However, there is peace waiting for you. You must be the one willing to accept and welcome the light in your life. Find what brings you solitude and solidifies your faith. It might be through meditation and/or prayer, finding a support group, yoga, or finding a hobby that brings you joy. Discover what brings you a sense of fulfillment to remove the emptiness and get out of the darkness.
Positive Affirmations over Resolutions
I probably wrote about this last year in another post. I know some of you may have heard me say this time and time again. It is only a suggestion, but it is a method I have adopted over the years. Try writing positive affirmations over swearing to adopt disappointing resolutions. Make a list of positive affirmations. Believe in them when you read them out loud. Here a few of my affirmations: I will be a good steward over my money and reduce debt in my life. I am purposeful and will utilize the gifts the Holy Spirit has bestowed upon me to make the universe a better place for myself and others. My temple is valuable, and I will commit to participating in activities that will keep me healthy and strong. Now you make your own and revise as needed! No pressure, and no race to the finish line. Just believe in your worth!
We are Human
I hope these few suggestions have encouraged you. Remember, we are HUMAN. There will always be trials, issues, and a battle that will try to knock us of our game. The key is to establish ground rules, and develop coping mechanisms that will help you survive throughout this year and the years ahead. I truly hope you have a peaceful and successful New Year. Thanks for your support throughout the years. If you ever need a conversation and a pep talk to keep you going, A Heart Full of Conversations is here! Until next time…
-Let your heart be full of new ventures that will lead you to the possibilities of limitless conversations!
McClurkin, Donnie. “We Fall Down.” Live in London and More. Verity Records, 2000.