Ringing in the New Year

fireworks_and_happy_new_year_2014_266945If you’re like most of us, you probably begin each New Year with hope and optimism. This time, in 2014, you’ll make the right choices, follow-up on positive change, and achieve the goals that have been eluding you. In that spirit of confidence and resourcefulness, we offer you support all along the way here on our website through our white papers in the Resources section. Feel free to click on these links to give you more information and encouragement as well as practical strategies to put in place in 2014.

They say you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. Before you begin to look forward and work on improving yourself, this may be the time to focus on acknowledging and understanding more about your personal assets and how to make good use of them as you move toward your goals.

If you’re looking for some direction about how to set New Year’s resolutions that you’ll likely be able to keep, check out these tips for drawing on your strengths even as you reach out to ask for help from others when you need it. Whether you’re in the Sandwich Generation or not, taking care of yourself yet still expressing gratitude for others makes it possible for you to continue your progress.

We’ve all had obstacles crop up that stop us in our tracks. What becomes important when you hit a stumbling block is to find a way to pick yourself back up and begin again. It’s never easy to regroup and turn a New Year’s resolution into reality so we’ve got some suggestions about how to recover and challenge yourself anew. You’ll want to implement our techniques like setting more realistic goals, making a public commitment, buddying with a partner and 5 others.

January, with its short days and cold weather is a tough month to begin a process of change. It can be a depressing time, especially with the emotional letdown following the holidays in December and the sticker shock of credit card bills. If you find yourself having difficulty dealing with January blues, try out our 10 tips to help you cope. And if you believe you experience SAD – seasonal affective disorder – in winter, take a look at our article addressing possible ways to alleviate it.

As always, we welcome your input in 2014 about how you’re doing and what additional assistance we can provide you. And our very best wishes for a healthy and Happy New Year to you and your families.

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