In Life Transitions, Diana Petrenos will focus on the natural and not-so natural stages of our lives. Each issue will spotlight a particular transition, from graduating from college, getting married, being a mother to be, or helping your child get ready to leave the nest. Life Transitions will provide Identity readers with practical advice, tips and resources to help you achieve and see the bright side of the transition.
“Don’t change because a new year is coming up, but change for your own personal growth; no matter what resolutions you make, they start with you”. -Unknown quotes
Every time there is a New Year we hear all about New Year’s resolutions, from losing weight, saving money, joining a gym and of course many more. February comes and all the hype is gone and many of these resolutions haven’t stuck because we tend to not follow through. We don’t follow through with these resolutions because they are often non- realistic changes or changes that we decided to make to please others, not ourselves. When we create resolutions that are not authentic to what we really want, we tend to not succeed.
We must make the transition for ourselves because we want to and not because someone else wants us too. I remember when I decided that I needed to change my eating habits and lifestyle to become healthier. It was a decision that I made on my own. Guess what, I accomplished this goal and transitioned into a healthier and happier me. I was so happy with this accomplishment because it was a choice I made on my own.
Think about what you want to work on, what you want to improve and ensure that it is made by you and only you. When we’re the ones making the decisions, it makes it that much more gratifying when we accomplish these lifestyle changes. By making these adjustments in our lives for ourselves, it makes the transition to the new you much smoother and helps us to complete our resolutions.
Remember, resolutions aren’t about changing ourselves. It’s fine tuning; it’s finding our true “Identities.”
Set realistic goals and follow through. New Year transitions should be easy, not hard to follow through with. So make the transition to the new you!