Don’t let the pressure of a ‘new year’ stunt your growth

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Living In Balance logoA year in review???

Yup, another 365 days passed and we are in a new year. What does this mean to you? For me it is just another page ripped out of the calendar and put in the trash. (Metaphorically speaking. I have not had a paper calendar in years). Really, why all the hubbub about a “new year”? Was the past year that horrible? Why now do we feel the need to state what we will do differently? We can’t make changes on a Wednesday in April … that may be a tad sarcastic… as Nike says “Just do it.”

I believe in making change for the better. It is great to reflect. To think about what is causing us stress, giving us daily challenges, and those nagging issues that we keep saying we want to change.  We should reflect often and figure out ways to make corrections. There is nothing wrong with looking for help. Reading books, taking self-help classes, or even seeking professional services.

I have goals and changes that I want to make. As evolving human beings we all should. Some of my goals I have had for years; others, for months. That is what a goal is, something to achieve and work on. Once it is accomplished you need another to step in. You don’t just have 365 days to do it. Wouldn’t that be horrible to think “I only have 365 days to do something and then after that, poof, I am either a success or a looser.”

Screenshot 2016-01-03 at 10.07.46 AMNo wonder why so many people give up and never accomplish their goals or make changes.  The thought processes of you either “do” or “do not” equate success or failure.  I know I have thought this way before. The stress and pressure was tremendous. I gave up or never tried.  Part of the joys of aging is growth and learning.  I have learned that not achieving a goal does not make me a loser, nor does accomplishing the goal make me a winner having instant success and making millions of dollars.

Life is constantly changing. For better or for worse life is in motion. Please don’t be like the news media and all of the social web sites and only make changes once a year.  Reflect more often, pick a Wednesday in April, chose one thing and set your goal. Adjust as time goes by. Possibly change your goal or add a new, but don’t wait till the New Year. “Just do it” today.

lisa pooleLisa Poole has been a licensed New Hampshire Massage Therapist since 2011. She is the owner of Peaceful Strength Massage Therapy located in Manchester, NH. She has an Associate of Science degree in Exercise Science with 10 years experience as a personal trainer. She worked for a major insurance carrier for more than eight years and has a great appreciation for the stresses of working behind a computer for 8 hours a day.

Lisa is a lifelong resident of New Hampshire. A parent of two boys (young men), and is married to her high school sweetheart. Exercise and wellness are tremendously important to her. Personal experience has taught her the importance ofScreen Shot 2015-11-08 at 8.42.13 AMbalance between family, job and fitness. Lisa’s goals are to share her knowledge, help make people feel better and lead healthier lives.


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