“What Now for 2016”

Susan Brewer Life in Balance

“What Now for 2016”

Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance, Coaching, Codependency, Coping Skills, Feelings, Goal-Setting, Relationships, Self-Care, Spirituality 25 Jan 2016

Can you believe another year has passed us and it is 2016!! It doesn’t seem possible to me. Time just keeps flying by. I remember when it was the year 2000 and that didn’t sound right. Now it is 2016. Where does the time go? That is why the saying “Life is too short” is so true. Time just doesn’t stop. So it is important for us as the New Year is upon us to look at where we are at in our lives and ask “Am I happy?” “Am I satisfied with my life?” “What do I want or need to change?”
Once we answer these questions than we can define our goals for the New Year and how we are going to achieve whatever it is that we want to change or improve upon. The problem for some of us though is getting motivated. This can be the same story that repeats itself every year for us. Getting motivated is not always an easy thing. I believe that our lives can be so busy and complicated that we don’t have enough energy to do the things that we want to do. Sometimes we need a plan with specific goals to achieve within a reasonable time frame. Hopefully for most of us we will have achieved some of goals from last year and possibly the year before and at least contemplated making those other changes we wanted to make this past year. What matters for us this year is to set goals that are what we really want for ourselves and to look at what things in our life we want to change on any level.
So even if you are not someone who likes to set goals, you can think in general terms about your life. Like simply stated, what would you like to be different this year? It could be in relation to anything like work or social relationships. I think sometimes we don’t know what we want and are unsure of how to get it once we figure it out. That is why writing things down are always helpful. We can get a clearer picture and possible understanding of these hopes, dreams, wants and desires. I always say to just keep things simple. There is no need to overcomplicate the goals and plan. This is what can get some of us in trouble because we want it all. We have usually been so frustrated with ourselves for failed attempts that we can set the bar too high. Thus keeping it simple and manageable allows us to take things at a slower pace until we actually make it a daily or weekly habit depending upon what it is that we working towards in our life.
So the concept as stated in the beginning of this article is that Life is too Short. When you think about your life think about it in these terms and really look at your life and say is this the life I want to be living and if not what needs to change. Having regrets is what keeps most of us stuck thus not feeling motivated and not achieving the goals that we want because sometimes we don’t believe that things can change because so much time has passed and we haven’t done it yet. But the reality is it is never too late to change your life and be happy. The nice thing about goals is that they can provide direction and in the end validation for you. The point is to keep them simple and manageable for you. So do your best and regardless of the outcome you will learn about yourself and be a SUCCESS!! My belief is that “All persons are truly greater than they think they are.”

Susan V. Brewer

Susan V. Brewer is a Certified Life Coach and Psychotherapist in the Upper Bucks County Area.  She graduated in 1987 from Kutztown University with a BS in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She became a Certified Life & Career Coach in June of 2006 and a Certified Relationship Coach in December of 2016. She specializes in adoption, codependency, relationship issues, substance abuse, self-esteem and life transitions. Her belief is “that all persons are truly greater than they think they are.”

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