Updated: May 1, 2021

With New Year’s resolutions, we try to convince ourselves that this year will bring a new one. Often people make a short-lived but very determined stab at all the changes, goals, and dreams they failed to pursue and/or achieve in the year that is ending. How many people hold on to that fierce intention beyond the magic midnight hour?

Resolutions are often fraught with looming disasters if they are made in the heat of the moment. A more enduring change takes foresight and a hefty dose of realism. Are you really going to be cast as the lead in the next Academy Award-winning movie? Perhaps you should first set your sights on a role in a local play.

Obstacles to achieving your goals and dreams are often those pesky things that swarm about your mind like hungry mosquitoes. Yes, I’m talking again about limiting beliefs. For instance, maybe you think you are not smart enough, kind enough, clever enough, motivated enough, thin enough, etc. If you believed you could attain all these things you dream of, and set about to change, you would take the necessary steps to achieve them.

Perhaps ridding yourself of the most negatively impactful limiting belief you hold should be your New Year’s resolution. Begin by identifying your beliefs. Write down what you believe about yourself. Next, determine if these beliefs are actually true or if they are merely nasty residue from someone’s comment about you or some other unpleasant experience. Limiting beliefs are generally false.

Practice meditation to help you let go of beliefs that are not helping you. While you are in a relaxed space, envision releasing a belief that is holding you back. See it floating away on a cloud, or in a balloon, or in some way disappearing. After that,