I’ve never been big on New Year Resolutions myself, I always feel that if you can achieve a new goal from the first of January then you should be able to do it anytime. Therefore, I’ve always shunned the notion of making resolutions that happen to start on the 1st day of the year in favour of doing whatever it is I want to change when the time feels right.
NOT THIS YEAR!
This approach has worked fairly well for me over the years but 2016 has brought its own very specific and major challenges, so I’m feeling a little different this year. This does feel like the right time to make certain changes and I’ve started some of them already (a little rebellion going on here I think?!), 2017 just HAS to be a better year all round! So, here I am, sitting in my local Costa, making a flow chart of the things I need to change and how I’m going to go about making those changes.
I’m also setting goals which is something else I haven’t done for a while, life has been so unpredictable and changeable that goals have felt like an unachievable dream, better not to set them in the first place has become my way of thinking. This, of course, is totally wrong of me, if you don’t know where you’re going how on earth are you going to get there? Most of us don’t set off in a car without knowing what our destination is, why should we treat our lives differently? I’m hauling myself up by the bootstraps on that one and giving myself a firm rap on the knuckles for being so stupid!
And I’m not just making professional goals, I’m setting goals for my health as well. I’ve neglected myself over the last couple of years, which again, has been rather stupid of me, how can I care for anyone else if I’m not well enough? Self care is not a selfish act, it’s a necessity, without our health we have nothing and the general aches and pains and lack of energy I’m currently experiencing has got to end, I have far too much to accomplish to allow my general health and wellbeing to hold me back. I have a lot of changes to make in that area and I’m jolly well going to make them, and stick to them.
Work wise I know what I am going to achieve every day/week, health wise I know what I’m going to do in order to feel well enough to do them, and, in terms of personal development, I need to get back to some old, good habits that have fallen by the wayside. It’s time for me to give myself a huge kick up the backside and I guess I’m pretty screwed as I’m making it all public!
Maybe this is a good time of year to review our lives and consider making any necessary changes, maybe I’ve been narrow-minded in not, at the very least, looking at my life from a different perspective at this time of year and considering what could be better in the coming year? Well, this year I’m doing it, I will share update reports every so often to let everyone know how I’m doing and what has worked and what hasn’t, maybe sharing my successes and failures will help someone else?