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The ONLY Two Promises you NEED to make(to yourself!) for A Positive New Year

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The ONLY Two Promises you NEED to make(to yourself!) for A Positive New YearFor last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice.’ ~ T. S. Eliot

As the year end inches closer and closer, I find myself introspecting a whole lot. I find myself thinking about the year in terms of achievements, high points, low points, successes, failures, learning points etc. Introspection and a constant need to be a better more evolved human(e) being makes me think of the year that’s gone by in a learning light. I have definitely learnt a whole LOT this past year.

We are all in a state of constant growth, be it physical, mental or spiritual. We don’t necessarily like to believe we are growing constantly, cause that would mean an admittance to NOT knowing EVERYTHING. Funny how we love to show the world we are master champions about everything, but in reality we are just trying SO hard to fit in.

No New Year Resolutions for me

As another NEW YEAR sets in, we WILL be pulled into the ‘making resolutions’ race. Yes its the IN thing to do and discuss in the last week of the old year and first week of the new year….but is it really worth it? Like I said earlier, we are all just trying to fit in…but this trying to do what everyone else is doing doesn’t really feed our soul. It doesn’t make you achieve anything. Its funny how everyone comes up with these mammoth resolutions at the end of every year only to break them in a few weeks or months into the new year.

I stopped making new year resolutions many years back. Why? Because I hated how they made me feel when I “couldn’t” live upto my own oh so high standards. I tell you, I used to make outrageously unrealistic resolutions. It took me many years to realize that this was causing more havoc than growth in me. I have since devised an all year round positive alternative ~ Promises to Myself.

The ONLY Two Promises you NEED to make(to yourself!) for A Positive New Year

“I am the captain of my fate, I am the master of my destiny” ~ Henry Ford

When it comes to promises to myself as compared to resolutions, I find I am more than just kind to myself while making these promises. Because a promise usually comes straight from the heart. The journey towards keeping that promise then becomes a soul nurturing experience full of new learning and happiness.

Over the past few years I have made many promises to myself and very successfully so. But, there are two promises I keep making every year. These promises make me feel like am indeed creating positive change IN me and around me. These promises bring happiness in my hands for me to choose and make mine as I so please.

Let me share them with you today, so that you too may live a positively empowered and happy life…..today, tomorrow, next year, to infinity and beyond 🙂

1) “I promise to Love Myself no matter what.”

To love yourself means to accept yourself as you are warts, moles, bulges, big personality, craziness and all. To truly accept myself and come to a point where I feel comfortable in my own skin was the hardest thing I have had to do. I had addictions, issues with body image, complexes etc. We cannot truly enjoy happiness if we are not at peace with ourself. Our relationship with ourself is the most important one we’ll ever have.

Today, with this new found love for self, I don’t depend on others for my happiness. I am my own happiness. I create my own freedom, my own life…the way I want it, without anyone else’s influence. Simply because, my whole being feels loved and whole.

Self-love means that your well-being matters to yourself unconditionally and in practical terms: (a)Who you are is more important than what you are. (b) You are valuable. Nothing can change that. (c) What you want always matters.

2) “I promise to Let Go of any and all negativity IN me and around me.”

To let go of negativity means to let go of all that is holding you back from emerging into your truest self. You must let go of past pain through forgiveness. You must let go of limiting beliefs by opening your mind to learning. You must let go of fear by going forth and doing what frightens you. You must let go of toxic relationships that are preventing you from being your True self. You must let go of self judgement by loving yourself. You must let go of sadness by adding conscious dashes of happiness in your life. You must let go of bad habits by replacing them with positive habits. You must let go of all that doesn’t nourish your heart and soul.

It is only when we can consciously let go of all that is negative in our lives, that we can make space for the positive. I began letting go many years back…slowly. One step at a time. Its a process of learning and evolving into your highest self. And this is one process that follows us beyond this physical life. It dawned on me a while back, that all that I had become was the sum total of what OTHERS wanted me to become….that was like a jolt of gigantic proportions. The first step of letting go of negativity is always always always Forgiveness of self. For when our heart is pure our world automatically adjusts to become more positive and happy.

MY EVERYDAY PROMISE TO MYSELF: Everyday of every year, I make a Promise to Myself to be braver than my past, to be stronger than the struggle… So that I may enjoy new and exciting adventures everyday.

Give yourself a gift by making these two promises to yourself. Its a promise your future(more happier!) self will thank you for. And, when you make a promise to yourself like the ones above, your heart will tune into it and create pathways where you never thought possible. All those tiny resolutions like losing weight, getting a promotion, moving to another country, finding your true love….will automatically manifest right in front of you EFFORTLESSLY….because you made space for it by letting go and loving yourself.

LET a Happier and more Positive YOU emerge in this coming year.

What are your thoughts on new year resolutions? How many have you made only to be broken? Will you be making these soul nourishing promises to yourself this new year? Share your beautiful thoughts in the comments on this article. I’d love to hear from you!

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~Zeenat~

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Author: Zeenat {PositiveProvocations.com}

Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor/Motivational Speaker/Naturopath/Holistic Healer/Writer

14 thoughts on “The ONLY Two Promises you NEED to make(to yourself!) for A Positive New Year

  1. I really enjoyed ur article…self love is super powerful,many ppl not in tune will learn…thanks

  2. Hi Zeenat,

    I like it when you say that you have stopped making New Year resolutions! I have never made them because they put so much pressure on us, they interfere in the natural flow of days, weeks and months, all the time nagging at our consciousness.

    Yes to promises and that too silent ones, which nobody hears, which only we know, which even if broken can be renewed as they lie in our hearts. Thanks for such a positive reminder! Love you!

    • Hi Balroop,
      You are so right when you say – resolutions ” put so much pressure on us, they interfere in the natural flow of days, weeks and months, all the time nagging at our consciousness…”
      Thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts here.
      Happy holidays love.
      Much Love~

  3. Great 2 promises Zeenat! I like your approach to use these 2 simple promises rather than a set of grand goals or resolutions.
    Happy Holidays and blessings for the new year. 🙂 Brad

  4. Ahhh… I lit candles and journaled for my goodbye 2014/hello 2015 ceremony last night. Both of these points came up for me. 🙂 Happy Almost New Year, Zeenat!

  5. Those are powerful promises, Zeenat. I’m with you on this!

  6. I read your article on making promises to yourself and it really touch me. I was crying inside because it made me realize how much i was hurting me. Thank You so much for this article. I wll make these promises to myself this year and years to come.
    Danyel

  7. This is really what I’m gonna do for my upcoming year!! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Loving yourself despite the insecurities and imperfections is really hard but once you get to accept who you really are, you get to live and enjoy life to the fullest. Great blog Zeenat! 🙂

  9. Such an amazing post Zeenat, and so beautiful promises!
    It is indeed the best thing to do each year, because that’s what we are indirectly trying to do – we are trying to grow and be happy from the inside.
    As for me, my new year resolutions are kept in a retrospective manner, i.e., if I find that I need to make a change or grow in any way, at any time of the year, than I keep a resolution that I’ll achieve it either by my coming birthday or the new year. That way, I am not depending on the new year in order to start doing something, on the same time I am not making excuses to start it, as I just HAVE to accomplish it by a set time limit!