Most New Year’s resolutions are based on the assumption that who you really are is inadequate, and must be improved through self-discipline, joyless striving, and maybe a leftover Christmas miracle.
I invite you to take a different approach this year, one that starts from the recognition that whatever it is you want to be, do, or have, you already have the seeds inside yourself to make it happen. With a bit of focused energy and self-compassion, you can reach your goals. I call this approach “New Year, TRUE You.”
Instead of vowing to makeover your personality, why not commit to honoring your strengths and values? Give yourself permission to dream big, even if you’re more used to self-doubt. Take positive steps toward change even if you feel overwhelmed or unsure where you’re headed.
To help you with whatever your 2013 goals are, I’ve put together a guide to the various programs and resources I’ve created to support the process of change. Pick the one that seems like right fit for you; though they differ in content, the spirit is the same.
Happy New Year!
“Boost Your Willpower: 28 Days to Create the Change You Want“ A Free 4-Week Online Program through YogaJournal.com
Through this exclusive Yoga Journal program, created by Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal, you will learn to identify what you really want and gain the tools and skills needed to reach those goals. You can do this program anytime, at your own pace. After you sign up, you’ll receive daily emails with links to asana practices, meditations, and self-reflection exercises to tap your inner guidance, focus your energy, and strengthen your willpower muscles. Plus, you’ll enjoy great information and tips about how willpower works and how to create a life that supports all of your goals. The program also includes invitations to live online chats with Dr. McGonigal.
Note: I’m especially excited about this program because it provides participants with free access to professionally produced yoga videos and guided meditations. The program includes four different yoga videos: a gentle flow practice emphasizing breathing stretches; a more energetic flow practice accessible to all levels; a restorative yoga practice; and my favorite, a simple flow practice integrating mudras (hand gestures). Sign up now!
“Choose to Change” On-Demand 6-Week Video/Audio course from SoundsTrue.com
Do you feel stuck in old habits that no longer serve you? Have you been struggling to make a change that you know will bring greater health and happiness into your life? In Choose to Change, Dr. Kelly McGonigal presents a six-week online video course on the process of intentional change that blends lecture, experiential exercises and guided meditations, Q&A with participants, and more. CE credits available to a range of healthcare professionals. This series includes videos of previously live sessions, as well as downloadable MP3s of all meditation/self-reflection practices in the program. Get immediate access online at Sounds True.
“The Neuroscience of Change” 6-Session Audio Program from SoundsTrue.com
The Neuroscience of Change: A Compassion-Based Guide to Personal Transformation presents six live (unscripted) talks and twelve guided self-reflection and mediation practices to support the process of change. This audio series integrates the most exciting scientific findings about how the mind works with the wisdom of mind-body traditions like yoga and Buddhism. It deepens some of the most important ideas from The Willpower Instinct, including the importance of mindfulness, self-compassion, and acceptance for change. The program also provides practical support to help you explore and embody these qualities through breathing, meditation, and relaxation practices.
You can order the 6-CD set OR download the program in MP3 format at Sounds True. CE Credits available for the downloadable version.
“The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.“
Available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats everywhere. Also available in Chinese, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and other translations — check your regional booksellers to see if it is available. Published as “Maximum Willpower” in the UK.