Happy New Year Moms! Can you believe it’s 2012? last year just flew by and some of it seems like a blur. We all had our ups and downs last year but we made it through. What didn’t kill us made us stronger Right? Right! We all want better than we had, which is why we continue to make ‘New Years Resolutions.’

Every NEW year we set resolutions hoping that we will ‘resolve’ whatever it was in the prior year we didn’t handle; we want to stop smoking, exercise more, be nicer and accomplish goals.

We all want a better year than the last. Resolutions are made because it is our plan to follow through, to actually accomplish them THIS time.

We want something different to occur in our lives but we keep doing the SAME things, expecting different results; that’s called insanity.

Most of the time we make resolutions out of emotions; we think back on what we didn’t accomplish and we start beating ourselves up. We feel sorry for ourselves and we start making decisions without thinking a plan through. When we set our New Years Resolutions we have to have a clear head; know what we want and are willing to work for.

Nothing worth having is free. Our hard work will pay off.

This year is a another chance to do things differently. Its time to set resolutions we WILL see through. The only way to do this is to do what it takes. We have to make the decision to do what we need to do regardless of how we feel. It is important to create a Vision Board: putting words, photos, images in an area that allows us to stay focused is key. Whatever we focus on the most has our heart and whatever has our heart we ‘give life to!’

To create a New Years Resolution Vision Board, your first step is to write down what it is you want to accomplish this year. Writing down our Vision makes your resolutions/goals plain; it keeps it before our eyes. The more we see our goals the more we desire what we see, the more we desire what we see, the more we are willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

Second, write down what it’ll take to make the Vision Board a reality. It is important to know what you want and how to get it. Knowing HOW to do something makes doing that something much easier.

Once you know what you want and what it takes to accomplish it, it’s time to write down a plan. We have to settle in our hearts and minds to stick with our plan to implement all that we’ve done. Create a regiment that you know you’ll stick to; don’t over goal yourself. When we force ourselves to ‘win’ by a certain time, we set ourselves up for failure. Some goals take longer than others and we have to remember this when we feel like giving up.

We have 366 days in 2012 to accomplish our Resolutions so let’s use each day to the fullest.

Have you made any New Years Resolutions? What plans do you have in place to achieve your goals?

This is an original post to World Moms Blog by single-mom of two in Arizona, Dr. Jeanelle, The SOULutions™Advice Columnist.

The image used in this post is credited to Simplyla and carries a Flickr Creative Commons attribution license.

Dr. Jeanelle Marshawn Lanham (USA)

Dr. Jeanelle Marshawn Lanham is an Indiana native now living in Arizona, USA. She’s the Founder of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Teen Center – Hodge Podge the Teen Cafè™ (http://www.HdgPdg.com), CEO of Iron WoMan Inc™ (http://www.IronWoManInc.com), a writer, is known to teens all over the world as the S.W.A.G Doc™ (http://www.TheSWAGDoc.com), a wife and most importantly a mom to two awesome boys. She joined the Army when she was a senior in high school because she did exceptionally well on the testing and was involved in the Gulf War. She served 8 years and is now a disabled Vet but that doesn’t get her down, nor stop her. Dr. Jeanelle Marshawn Lanham loves to write and help teenagers feel better about themselves. She knows ASL and signs with her deaf friends when she can. She’s always busy writing and building her Brand and found it great when she was given the opportunity to write for World’s Mom Blog. She has many goals on her bucket list and once her business has grown to her satisfaction, her goal is to own her own bull(s) (yes, real bulls!) and have them participate in the PBR (Professional Bull Riding). Traveling is a love of hers and one day she will visit Italy! You can find Dr. Jeanelle Marshawn Lanham on FaceBook at http://www.FaceBook.com/theSWAGDoc or Twitter @JeanelleLanham – Her heart is true to Rehabilitating Teens, Coaching Moms & Encouraging others.

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