Bah Humbug to New Year's Resolutions!
I’m not a great fan of New Year Resolutions. Naturally, the dawning of a brand new year is a good time to take stock and think about all the changes we want to make; but experience shows that the majority of resolutions fall by the wayside, and by February most of us will be back to our bad old ways.
So if you want to make changes in your life this year - and like the idea of doing things a bit differently - here’s a new approach:
Rather than looking ahead from the beginning of January and thinking about what you want to achieve, project yourself forward to the end of the year instead. Imagine that it’s the end of 2011 and you’re sitting down to reflect on the successes and achievements of the year just passed.
At the top of a sheet of paper write “2011 was a great year for me because …” and then simply write a list of all the things you achieved and what it was that made it such a great year.
You’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to approach things this way. Imagining that your successes have already happened is a great way to start the year and should leave you feeling inspired, energised and motivated. That’s a lot better than the sinking feeling that often accompanies the setting of New Year Resolutions.
Now all you have to do is make an action plan of how to make your plans a reality.
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