The New Year reminds us to assess our actions so we can improve on getting what we truly want in our lives. This is the perfect time to be honest with ourselves. We draw up a list of work to be done and things to be improved.

In order to balance the list, though, it is crucial to not just look at our imperfections and shortcomings, but to also look at what we have accomplished.

What we want to build upon are our gifts, talents and abilities. They are the seeds we want to grow. Connecting with our abilities and strengths will help us to weather the ups and downs of our days.

Remember, the things that we say to our self are essential to how we act. Therefore, we can add a source of pleasure to our days by simply taking responsibility for the quality of our thoughts.

Allow room for error. The English poet Alexander Pope said, “To err is human, to forgive is divine.” We make mistakes, we stumble, and we may wallow a bit. When we acknowledge our error with compassion and forgiveness, we can pick ourselves back up and find our way on a path that feels good.

Let’s begin each day with a resolution to give positive meaning and direction to our actions.