New year resolutions are on most people’s agenda right now and many reading this have likely already begun their big changes for the new year. However, enacting changes into your life immediately may result in failure, as is the case with many. I would suggest, instead, that you take a different approach.
According to the five phase (five element) theory of Chinese medicine, winter corresponds to the water phase. Water relates to the virtue, wisdom, and is the most yin time of the year. As it is the most yin time of the year, rest and rejuvenation are key themes here. If you’d like to read more about how to stay healthy in winter, you can refer to my earlier post
In addition, as it is a more passive, yin part of the year, and its virtue is wisdom, reflection should be on your agenda. This reflection should be on your past year, your failures and successes, and on what changes can be made in the coming year. You should plant the seeds that you will need in order to move forward with these big changes that you’d like to make in your life.
Reflect on what changes would be the most beneficial for you. If your year went well last year, you could also reflect on how to keep steady and maintain your current momentum. If you fell short of your goals last year, reflect on where you went wrong and what you could have done better.
Make lists. List your priorities. List that which is important to you. List the obstacles that you have been facing or may face this year. Decide on your year goals. Sit down with a nice cup of tea and take it all in. You likely will also want to reflect with your friends and loved ones on these changes and get different opinions. You likely will not do this all in one day; it may take you several weeks to really figure out in what direction your life needs to be moving and what big changes you really want to make.
Once you get these goals and agendas fixed, then start getting that initial movement going. There’s no need to rush it; no need to put the petal to the metal! Instead, do the initial steps needed to get it all going. The real momentum should build up and be ready for the springtime. The springtime should be more when these actions and changes can really take shape fully!
This year, take a different approach to your new years resolution. Set a steady progression forward; one that will have lasting effects. If you jump in too fast, you likely will jump out just as quickly.