I would like an order of ‘Follow Through’ with that……

Sadly and happily, we are at the end of the year.  Sad, because the magic of Christmas is behind us.  Happy, because the New Year is upon us, and we have a proverbial clean slate.  One of the traditions of the New Year is to make resolutions to do better.  Better.  What does ‘better’ mean?

We ‘resolve’ to exercise more.  We ‘resolve’ to eat more healthily.  We ‘resolve’ to do better with our relationships.  We ‘resolve’ to do better with our emotions.  We somehow think that if we just make a ‘resolution’ to do things differently in the New Year, we will be happier/better connected/fitter.   Resolutions are good.

Resolutions are not the only thing we need.  A New Year’s resolution is defined as a commitment that an individual makes at New Year’s Day.   We all have good intentions. We all want to do better.  However, just making a ‘commitment’ is not enough.   We need follow through

We need follow through when we find ourselves in a negative emotional vortex.  We have mental/emotional ‘muscle memory’ of the way things have always been/the way things used to be.   Because we anticipate that things will be the same, we respond in accordance with our expectations.  Therefore, our resolutions can be annulled. 

We need follow through when we are just too tired to go to the gym, even though we just purchased a year-long membership.  It is too cold, it is too hot, my friends can’t go, it’s raining outside.  Any excuse will do.  I remember Jim Fixx remarking in one of his books, that the hardest thing about running was lacing up his shoes.  We need follow through, or nothing will change.

We need follow through, when we are tempted by the fragrance of that forbidden treat.  You know the one.  It is the one that trips us up every time.   Personally, I do not bake Toll House chocolate Chip cookies.  Not because I don’t know how.  Not because I don’t have time.   I don’t do it because I would eat ‘just one more’ until either they were all gone, or I would be ill from the indulgence.  Because  I know how I am, I avoid the situation entirely.  Maybe I deal with ‘avoidance’ rather than ‘follow through.’

Like many of us, I resolve every year to be ‘better.’    Every DAY I wake up with the quality decision to ‘be’ better.  To watch my words, to watch my actions.   To extend more grace to my fellowman.  To forgive others, and myself.  I have found that I can do anything for 24 hours.   I may not make it through the year, but I can make it through the day.  Maybe……

Until next time,


Dr. Polly



About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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