Can I be honest with you about something? With 2018 right around the corner, I’m trying not to fall back on old habits. I’m pretty easily swept up in the obsession over making grand and mostly unattainable New Years Resolutions, but I’m not gonna do that this time. And honestly, I think anyone interested in improving themselves is bound to feel obliged to use the end of the year to evaluate where they’ve been and where they want to go, even before the official New Year.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make positive changes to your life, but usually the anxiety over finding just the “right” thing to change comes from a place of guilt rather than a place of empowerment.
So instead of vowing to make massively life changing resolutions this year, what if we all took a moment to give ourselves a high five for a job ALREADY well done?
In fact, I’m going to let you in a little secret ritual I implemented for myself last year that I plan on carrying over to every single year for the rest of my life. Before I make a list of goals or things I want to achieve in the coming months, I make a list of everything I’m proud of accomplishing in the year before.
I set a timer for 10 minutes and write down every single point of pride I can think of. Some things are small, others are huge, but writing each thing down brings my accomplishments to life. It drags them out of the closet and forces me to say, “WOW! LOOK WHAT I DID!” I know, I know— congratulating ourselves is hard to do, but we have to do it once in a while!
We don’t take enough time to truly reflect on growth we’ve made unless someone external points it out to us. It’s time for that to stop. Practicing true self love can mean pursuing growth and self development, but it also has to include praise and appreciation for your “wins” along the way, no matter how small.
The bottom line is no matter where we are in our journey, we’re already completely whole, worthy, beautiful, and badass versions of ourselves. So the next time you sit down to evaluate where you are and where you’re headed, take a moment to appreciate everything you’ve already done and give yourself some love.
Over to you! How are you going to show yourself some love as we get ready to close out this year? Did you accomplish anything big (or small!) in 2017 that you’re proud of?
Erin is the co-Founder of Bad Yogi and a voice of real yogis everywhere. She is also the creator of the Perfect Body Yoga Program, which is centered around the belief that the “perfect” body is simply the healthiest version of the body you already have. In her spare time she’s a wine drinker, cheese eater, and not-your-average yoga teacher. She may be a Bad Yogi, but if she’s being totally honest, teaching yoga has been one of her greatest pleasures. She practices to feed her teaching, but she teaches to feed her life.