Seize the Chance: Kick the New Year’s Blahs to the Curb


Seize the Chance:  Kick the New Year’s Blahs to the Curb


Vicki Hinze

Trees are down, gifts have been shared, we’ve been to the last social function of the season, and while we’re tired from all the hoopla, we’re also a little blah because we’ve gone from lives that had propelled to frantic back to normal.  And we’re having a little issue with the transition.


What this really means is we have the opportunity to seize the chance and to kick the New Year’s Blahs to the Curb.  Let me backtrack a few days so I’m clear…


Recently, a friend was shocked at the way I’d accepted having a subdued New Year’s Eve celebration.  It was a quiet one. Very quiet.  Frankly, I was shocked that she was shocked. Many heralded in the New Year quietly.  Some were dealing with issues, some were quiet because they preferred it, and some because they felt they had no choice.


For those who preferred it, they’re content.  For those dealing with issues, they might or might not have been okay with quietly ringing the new year, but regardless, they’re coping with what life’s put in their path.  (We all know, the alternative is less appealing and feeling like road kill isn’t a good mindset for a new year.)


The New Year is supposed to be a time for fresh starts and new beginnings—a season of hope for a future that makes you more content.  And this group who exercised their preference for quiet knows that we all endure the trials and challenges of life—no one is given a pass—and it’s just our season for endurance.  Everyone has such seasons.  But the awareness of that helps give us the strength we need to endure what we must.  So this group, too, is all right.


It is the group that feels it has “no choice” that has the least opportunity for contentment.

But that outlook or perspective is also a choice and, if we see ourselves in that group, then we need to take steps to remove ourselves from it.  We can all do something.  That’s my point.


So if you’re in that no-choice group, look at your situation—the big picture—and then look for something to do that you will enjoy that will also feed your soul.


Big tipàYou will never feel content if your soul is starving.  Feeding your soul is the secret key to contentment.

Bearing that tip in mind, here are some tips for posterity:


If you’re alone and don’t want to be:


1.  Invite a few friends or neighbors over who will be alone, too.  Play board games, cards, Twister—do something together.


2.  If your friends are away and the neighbors are busy, then volunteer somewhere so you’re around others doing something worth doing.  It’s fulfilling to do something kind for someone else.  It makes you feel good, and that takes the sting out of otherwise being alone and fosters contentment for the uplifting.


3.  If you’re feeling more reflective and not hungering for others’ company, then stay home alone but do something constructive.  Sit down and assess where you’ve been in the past year and where you want to be at the end of next year.  Spend your time developing a plan on how you want to change your life and how you’re going to do it.  It takes thought and action to manifest.


You know, if we just drift from year to year without ever pausing to think about what we want most, there will come a day when we meet our eyes in the mirror and regret.  If we don’t like our lives, we have the power and ability to change them.  Having a plan gives us a great chance for making those changes.


Maybe you love your life but you don’t like the way you handle specific situations or events.  Now is the time to think of how you’d change your actions and reactions.  Both matter.


Many will make the same resolutions this year that they’ve made last year and the year before, and perhaps the year before that.  And many won’t keep those resolutions this year any more than they have in years past.  Why?


Typically because they make radical changes instead of incremental ones.  They try to eat the bear in one sitting rather than in small meals. So whatever your “bear” is, remember that.  Little bites, little bits at the time, many times.


Celebrate each bite.  Each move you make toward conquering your bear.  If you stay focused on the increments, you’ll find yourself getting closer and closer to consuming your bear and reaching your goal.  Whether that bear is to break a bad habit, to change a behavior of yours that doesn’t serve you well, or doing something constructive to help you personally or in your career—you can conquer the bear a bite at the time.


4. Unleash the power of your mind.  This is a chance for a fresh start and a new beginning.  It’s a chance open to everyone.  But every single one has to choose to seize that chance.  The reason you choose to seize it or not to seize it is personal.  Understanding why it’s personal will reveal your motivation for doing it or not doing it.


Remember that for changes to take hold and become natural to you, the motivation must speak to you on three levels:  physical, emotional and spiritual.  That’s your three-legged stool, and if one leg is short, your stool’s on shaky ground.  It will wobble.  If any one leg is too short, your stool is going to tip over and dump you on your backside.  So for your best chance of success make sure you understand your motive for tackling the bear in all three: physical, emotional and spiritual.


Example:  You choose to lose weight.


Physically, you know the benefits.  Stronger body, better health.


Emotionally, you know the benefits.  Stronger body creates a stronger mind.  More nimble and quick.  Better emotional health and a better attitude about yourself.  You look better, you feel better.


Spiritually, you know the benefits.  If your mind and body are in a better place and don’t require as much of your energy to be focused on them, you can spend that energy and time on your spiritual self.  Seeking balance in your life.  Being serene and tranquil and content.  What will take to get there from where you are now?  What are the advantages of being there?  What are the advantages of the journey to there?  Lots of perks in the journey, lots of incremental times and things to celebrate.  That puts the kibosh on the blahs.


All of these things speak to your motivation for wanting to lose weight.  All of these things provide insight into what you really think and want.  And they make you consciously aware of why you want them.  The benefits to you are specific on all three levels.


Armed with all that, you’ve greatly enhanced your odds for success.


Implement your plan and you’re on your way to creating the you that you seek in the new year. One increment at a time, you seize your fresh start and celebrate it—and if you’re celebrating your contentment at accomplishing what you set out to do, that doesn’t leave a lot of room for the blahs.  (Blahs love empty space and idleness, you know.)


Many associate chances with January first, and it’s come and gone.  But chances for seizing that which makes us content doesn’t just happen then.  Chances come all day and night every day and all night every night.   At any moment in any day or night.  They come at any moment you decide to seize a chance and then act on it.  Dates on a calendar do not chances make!  You create them by making a decision to create a chance for yourself.


And if you backslide, don’t despair.  Start over with a new chance.  That’s the thing about chances you create.  There’s a lifetime, abundant supply, there for the seizing anytime you choose.


So know you create chances whenever you like, create one that is constructive, then seize and act on it.  Seizing a self-created chance and taking action will help the more content you kick the New Year’s Blahs to the curb.   It’s conquering your bear and along with doing so one bite at the time, you also conquer the blahs.


Have a blessed year!



© 2011-2013, Vicki Hinze. Hinze is the award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of nearly thirty novels in a variety of genres including, suspense, mystery, thriller, and romantic or faith-affirming thrillers. Her latest releases are: Duplicity (military romantic thriller,) Torn Loyalties (inspirational romantic suspense), Legend of the Mist (time-travel romantic suspense), One Way to Write a Novel (nonfiction). She holds a MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Theocentric Business and Ethics. Hinze’s online community: Facebook. Books. Twitter. Contact. www.vickihinze.com.



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