have to intentionally focus on the positive; you can’t create a wonderful life from a negative space.

So, release resolutions that focus on

the negative aspects of your life and em- brace positive intentions this New Year’s Eve and have a rockin’ good time. Below are 15 great suggestions for you

to utilize in making 2021 your best year ever! Choose any and all that speak to you.

“Your success and happiness lie in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” ~ Helen Keller

Discover Your Essence

“If you asked me for my New Year Resolution,

it would be to find out who I am.” ~ Cyril Cusack

“Figure who you are; then do it on purpose.” ~ Dolly Parton

So, if you are the only you, what

makes you light up? If you did a deep dive what dreams or callings are living below the surface? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How can you elevate your strengths and get support to shore up your weaknesses? Remember life is a com- munal event. You don’t have to do it all, be it all, or have it all in order for it to count as a success. Embrace your gifts and your limitations, they are what makes your imprint unique in this world. Spend time in meditation and reflec-

tion to discover who you are right now. You’re always evolving; life is an unfolding process. Make sure your inner image isn’t stuck on some negative version from your past like that awkward teenager from high school or as someone who has failed at past relationships. Discard those old inner images and reevaluate all the good things about you right now. That’s the person who is entering 2021 with a clean, bright slate.

Sidestep the Comparison Trap

“I generally find that comparison is the fast track to unhappiness. No one ever compares themselves to someone else and comes out even.

Nine times out of ten, we compare ourselves to people

who are somehow better than us and end up feeling more inadequate.” ~ Jack Canfield

Social media has brought a lot of good

into our lives. We can keep in touch with family and friends across the globe in a much deeper way than ever before. How- ever, it has also escalated a dark impulse that lurks within each of us – the com- parison trap. There is always someone who is better, thinner, funnier, and more suc- cessful than you. That’s just the way it is. By the same token there is always someone who is in more pain, sicker, poorer, and lonelier than you. The point is, comparisons with others

is a waste of time and energy. Only com- pare yourself to you. How much have you grown, learned, or transformed in your life so far? Celebrate that this New Year’s Eve and focus on what aspects you’d like to expand next year.

Celebrate Other’s Victories

“Because I was more often happy for other people, I got to spend more time being happy. And as I saw more light in everybody else,

I seemed to have more myself.” ~ Victoria Moran

Proactively seek ways to cheer for others. Start at home or the office. Look

Donna Burick, BCC

for small victories in other’s lives and cele- brate them. Has your nephew received a promotion? Has your co-worker contributed a good idea in a meeting? No matter how small, celebrate the achievement. Good feelings are contagious so spread them around. The more you sing someone else’s praises, the more your life will be filled with music.

Remember This Too Shall Pass

“Realizing that our actions, feelings and behavior are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality.” ~ Maxwell Maltz

We make a lot of assumptions and

base a lot of actions on our feelings. How- ever, feelings are transient; the feeling you are having right now will pass and you’ll feel differently in an hour, a day, or a week. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor discovered that the

chemical response of most feeling-states actually only lasts for about 90 seconds. After that, the chemicals are flushed through. It’s our thoughts that keep us locked into a state of response after that. This year commit to a practice of starv- ing a feeling for 90 seconds. How would

Christen Duke, ANP-C Christen Duke, ANP-C

Christen Duke, ANP is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 18 years experience in adult medicine. Using a natural, holistic approach, she encourages and assists people to maximize their health through optimal nu- trition, supplementation, and bio- identical hormone replacement. She continues to expand her mas- tery of other integrative issues. Christen’s goal for her patients is for them to live healthy lives feel- ing their best.

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