Written by Julie Silfverberg
Happy New Year
I am wondering did you make any New Year's Resolutions this year? Of course another word for New Yeaar's Resolutions is GOALS. Some people decide because they have made them in the past and did not succeed, the best thing to do is to forget it altogether. So you might consider this a little nudge to reconsider.
The Chinese New Year is a bit later than the Western calendar. Interestingly their tradition is seen as a great way to
reconcile; forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. And it has popular themes of ‘happiness’, ‘wealth’ and ‘longevity’. People paint their wish on to lanterns or place the wish in the lantern and float it up into the sky, a beautiful tradition I think. Personally I also like the Chinese idea of forgetting…. and putting the past where it belongs; in the past, so you can get on with what is here now and look forward to a better brighter future.Apparently most people have already given up on their New Year resolutions by the second week in January! So we are about mid way between the two.
Just imagine if your resolution was to not smoke and it was easy because you forgot to smoke…how wonderful would that be?
I digress, isn’t the word resolution interesting ‘re-solution’ which suggests that this is a solution that you have attempted before. Therefore you might find it useful to ask yourself what are you going to do differently this year? Something you did not do last time. Because, guess what, if you use the same process this time, the chances are you will get the same result which means this time next year you will be making the same New Years Resolutions all over again. Oh! No!
So what are your New Year Re-solutions? Below are some of the most frequently quoted goals:
Some people find it useful to motivate themselves by thinking of all the good things that will result when they have succeeded. Whereas for some other people that just does not work at all. The trigger for them may be to think of all the downsides and the negative consequences of not changing. How well do you know yourself? What is the most useful trigger for you to get you started on your road to success?
Julie Silfverberg has worked in the field of personal and professional development for more than 20 years. She works with a diverse and exciting group of people. Each with their own unique talents and potential.