New Year Resolutions

So it’s nearly the end of the year. This is traditionally it’s a time to make plans and ‘new year’s resolution’ for 2018.
The article from 2009 below is as relevant now as it was then.
Making promises to ourselves that we may not be able to keep sets us up for disappoint and self blame.
Doing something different or new is growthful but this growth can backfire if the self-recrimination sets in.
Perhaps taking on a new challenge in 2018 (or anytime) could be accompanied with the idea of ‘firm but gentle’ – firm in trying to stay with the new challenge but gentle on yourself if you don’t..