New Year, New You? No Way!

January 12, 2015 9:51 PM

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During the first few weeks of each new year, I feel overwhelmed with the deluge of advice for how I might improve my life. Lose weight. Save more. Get more sleep. Work harder. The basic message underlying all of these suggestions is that we are not good enough as we are, and therefore we ought to change to improve the quality of our lives.

These messages are actually more destructive than helpful. They illuminate our insecurities, poor and often ill-informed choices made in the past, and the life circumstances that lead us to feel out of control. By focusing on what we don't have or are not, we are setting ourselves up for continued f...

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