Here’s a good article on maybe re-vamping that Resolution idea from Runner’s World:
For as much as I absolutely love the holiday season, I have to say I equally love the return to routine. I like my morning run after I drop the girls at school. I like the quiet hours in my office. I like the mellowness of school nights, early dinners, homework, some Netflix by the fire.
I also relish the fresh start a new year brings. I like the beginning of new classes—for the kids and for me. I like thinking about new work projects, feeling the stir of my creative muse tickling the base of my brain. I like thinking about races I might want to sign up for. Trips and adventures I want to plan.
I like feeling more inspired about nutrition, cooking, and mixing up my fitness routine. I like new calendars, journals, and school notebooks. I like considering new books to read and cracking open our new Bible study workbook. I like looking at my relationships with fresh eyes and an open heart—and deciding where and how I want to invest.
To some people, January can feel like a letdown or a post-holiday dead zone with cold, gray days and nothing fun on the horizon. But to me it holds a unique energy, filled with potential and curiosity.
During a recent early morning yoga class, I stood in tree pose—one of my favorites. You stand, balanced on one leg with your other leg folded, foot pressed against your standing inner thigh. Hands begin in prayer pose, and your drishti or gaze is essential for both focus and balance.
Once you find steadiness and your breathing deepens, you can lift your hands from prayer pose, raise your arms above your head like branches, opening your chest and moving into full expression of the pose. It feels beautiful, elegant even.
I like when I get to class early enough that I can get a spot at the front of the class, facing the window. That way, when it’s time for tree pose, I can stare directly into the woods at the trees instead of watching the person in front of me wobble around. One certain tree has a small hole in it, and that’s where I like to focus my drishti. If I concentrate on it completely, I just join the forest and never wobble at all.
In the middle of this particular class, our teacher said, “Tree pose is perfect for the new year. Think about how you want to root more deeply, growing steadier. Think about how you want to grow and branch out.”
Then he said: “What would you do if you fully understood that you already have everything you need?”
With that, my tree almost toppled over. I swear I love the words of a good teacher almost as much as I love the centering, meditative movement of yoga.
Think about that for a minute. We all have hopes, dreams, plans and goals. We usually think in terms of all we need to accomplish or acquire to move closer to the fulfillment of a dream or goal. I never think about a goal from the standpoint that I already have everything I need to fulfill it. It’s mind blowing, totally altering, if you allow yourself to absorb that idea in its fullness.
Whatever you want to achieve physically, you’ve got it.
Whatever you want to change financially, you’ve got what it takes.
However you want to grow in relationship, you have the ability.
Want more love? It’s already within.
Want more peace? It’s inside, next to love.
Want more inspiration and creativity? It’s manifesting right now.
Want more energy and passion? It’s all there. Tap in.
Want more time? Focus it and use it. It’s already there.
Whatever your heart desires this year, put it out there and let it go, believe and prepare to receive it.
You already have everything you need.