The New Year’s Eve fireworks are over and for many it’s time to make New Year’s Resolutions. As much as I like the idea of resolving to do or not do something, it doesn’t really work for me and probably not for you either.
It takes about a week or two to forget New Year’s Resolutions and here’s why.
- New Year’s Resolutions are about what you think you should do, not what you really want to do. It’s really all about other people’s expectation of you.
- Most people go big! They set unrealistic goals or resolutions. Take Kickstarter, successful projects usually set achievable goals and when those are met stretcher goals and rewards are offered.
- Unless it really means something to you, you’ll never achieve it. I’m talking about life changing, shaken to the very core of your being, and really how often does that happen.
- And finally, if it’s that important why on earth should you wait until New Year!!
An Alternative to New Year’s Resolutions
Here’s what I’d like you to try this year, it’s not earthshaking but it is worth trying.
Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution try and think about some of the great things that have happened to you last year and distill it down to one word. Use that word as inspiration for your actions and attitudes in other areas of your life.
For me 2015 was full of endings and hints of new beginning. My children are no longer 100% dependant on me, financially or emotionally. They are growing into confident young adults, taking responsibility for themselves and planning for their futures. My personal life is becoming less complicated and a lot less stressful. I’m starting to look forward to 2016.
So, this year I have chosen a word to influence and inspire my actions. SIMPLIFY