BRG | Feb 1, 2024 | 0
As we forge ahead into 2024, Love who you are in the new year
A new year is upon us, and the air is ripe with the possibility of new beginnings, hopes, dreams and adventures. Often, the new year can also bring with it a desire to set large, lofty goals, and, while this is not a bad thing in and of itself, we can sometimes be harsh on ourselves if we do not perfectly measure up to the ideals we have set.
It is essential, as we forge ahead in writing our 2024 story, that we remind ourselves of two fundamental truths’ 1) We are enough 2) The only measure of success that truly matters is the progress we have made.
What does it mean to be “enough?” To be enough means to embrace the inherent dignity and self-worth that comes with being exactly who we are. When we recognize and are content with ourselves, we can acknowledge and accept the unique & wonderful qualities, abilities and achievements we possess without constantly striving for external validation, feeling inadequate, or trying to meet unrealistic standards imposed by society or others. Being enough means we don’t have to get everything, and we don’t have to be everything, rather we recognize we are a tiny piece of a cosmic puzzle, and we are perfectly content to be who we are, as we are, on purpose.
You may have heard the phrase, “measure the gain, not the gap.” This phrase suggests we focus on progress or improvements made, rather than dwelling on a previous ideal we set for ourselves.
For example, you may have set a new year’s resolution to lose 30lbs in 60 days. When the 60 days rolls around, maybe you have only lost 15 lbs. Measuring the gain, rather than the gap is focusing on and celebrating the progress you’ve made, rather than getting down on yourself for falling short of your goal. Measuring the gap can lead to unhealthy comparisons and a negative mindset, whereas measuring the gain has the opposite effect.
We hope you will join us in committing to love ourselves and others better as we recognize, celebrate and grow from the joys, challenges, fears, failures, and successes that each new day of this new year brings.
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