The end of the year is a natural time to reflect and set some intentions for the upcoming year. I myself am not big into new year’s resolutions because I see it as something similar to a crash diet (side note because the exercise physiologist in me needs to say this: losing 1-2 pounds per week is the safest way to go and there is no such thing as spot reduction through exercise) which eventually brings you back to where you started. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, I offer the option to make a resolution to make gradual changes. Allow yourself to set little goals and periodically do an informal self inventory so you know whether or not you need to continue on your path or course-correct. These small, intentional goals that lead to your ultimate goal will help you feel accomplished and motivated to continue. Resist the urge for instant gratification and instead, celebrate the progress you make toward reaching whatever it is you have your heart and mind set on. Every little thing brings you one step closer to the whatever is next, so don’t discount the small victories. | Be kind to yourself.