Written by Courtney Lynch

Recovery is faster than decline once you make a total commitment to better. While choosing a new dawn can happen anytime you are ready, there’s no time like the start of the New Year to begin a focused effort of positive change. In 2022, I lost 42 pounds. It was the weight I had gained slowly through the years. Having kids, life’s stress, and poor choices- all contributed to a few more pounds every year.

When I made a serious commitment to losing weight, I lost it in just one year. While it wasn’t instant, it was much faster than the slow, steady gain. If something in your life isn’t going in the right direction, notice it. A slow march of decline is often hard to recognize. Clarity is king. Once you have it, your intentional, committed action is powerful, and better is closer than you think.

Here are reflection questions to help you frame your new dawn for 2023:

  • What is the one thing that you’d value changing the most?
  • What will the benefits of making this one change be?
  • What support will you need to make this change?
  • How will you celebrate your success?

This works with personal growth, fitness, debt reduction, and any other challenge you face where your behavior is at the center of the issue. Choose how you want to change, and then don’t let yourself stop for one year. The beginning of your change will be slow. The middle will feel like a failure. Then, you’ll break through. Choose, stay the course, and accelerate to your better.

Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch are Lead Star’s co-founders, leadership coaches, and the bestselling authors of SPARKLeading from the Front, and Bet on You. They help professionals reach new levels of success through their innovative coaching program, Year to Rise.