Dec
09

2012

Positive Change, by Angela Schaefer



It’s coming up to that time of year again!

Most of us learn of others list or begin our own list of resolutions every New Year. It could be the upcoming New Year, our birthday or perhaps a significant life milestone that prompts us to make resolutions (determining a practice to put in place- usually a positive change). Though it may appear that a great deal of resolutions, especially at the onset of the New Year, are related to losing weight, making more money and finding happiness, there are many things to commit to making positive changes.

Resolutions are simply a goal created to work towards in order to achieve our wants and needs. What makes a resolution seem more powerful is the notion behind the annual resolutions that many commit to achieving in the coming year. There is a deadline attached where goals are to met and changes are to be made by the end of the year. I do not discount at all, ever, setting goals for improvement, regardless of the occasion that prompts us to do so. Nor the time frame in which we set out to achieve them.

 Setting Goals

What I have learned about setting goals and/or creating an annual list of resolutions, is that my list should be one well thought out. I must determine what I really want and need for improvement and what I am willing to commit to towards reaching my goals. I must be realistic in setting my goals and resolutions because I want to meet the expectations I put on myself. Nobody likes to be disappointed, especially in themselves!

We may think we can do what is necessary to reach a certain goal or make positive changes, but unless we think through what is really required (time, energy, money etc.) we may find ourselves disappointed in not meeting the challenge. And when we think through our resolutions and goal setting and commit to achieving them, life can always change things without our permission.

 

When I accepted that many things are out of my control and that change is constant, I found that I put less emphasis on ‘annual’ resolutions and goal setting. While the New Year and life milestones are perfect opportunities to reflect and adjust our sails, I have learned the importance of a daily practice of resolutions. When I commit to living my daily life in a positive manner, I can focus on what is right before me. I commit to what I can do to improve myself, my situation and the lives of those around me.

The daily commitment to positive change does not mean we have to constantly change things up or make things better. It does not mean that we cannot accept what is and be at peace with where, what and who is in our life. It simply means that we are aware of the endless possibility for positive change in big ways, little ways and everything in between.

 

There is possibility behind the concept that tomorrow may never come. Which implies that what we do with today is important. Our time, energy and efforts matter, if only for today and starting all over again tomorrow. I will be working on my annual resolutions and goal setting for the New Year, while continuing to strive towards daily improvement. Positive change on a daily basis is simply a matter of being your best self and then doing so again the next day and the next day and so on. And so it goes.

 

About Angela Schaefers

 

Angela Schaefers is an inspirational speaker, freelance writer of the book and producer and host of  Your Story Matters show.     Book Available at Amazon

Angela speaks and shares her story of hope and faith to overcome tragedies since childhood, facing stage IV cancer and more to discovering her own life purpose. She is a keynote for organizations and effectively shares the message within their story.

 

Angela blogs and writes various articles. She writes about professional networking, inspiration, and her life experiences, including what she has learned from them to encourage others to learn from their experiences (story). Angela authored her memoir Grief to Grace and recently published her book Your Story Matters You Matter A guide to healing, learning from and sharing your story. She is completing her next two books; Cancer Doesn’t Come Wrapped In A Pretty Ribbon and More Grace

Angela interviews people around the globe to share their inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and living life purposefully. She also shares story about various non-profits that are creating change locally and globally.Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling. She has previously counseled families, couples, children and individuals, has provided career coaching and has trained and worked as a Chaplain.Angela has three children and is a Mimi (grandmother) to one. She enjoys outdoor activities; such as biking, hiking, kayaking and being at the beach, loves tea time and savors a break to the spa.

                                                                                                                                                    

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