I hope you all rang in the New Year in a way that made you happy. Whether you danced all night or had a quiet one at home; I think it’s important we end the year in a good way so we can be in the right mind set to start the next year.
This year, instead of “New Year, New Me”, how about you try “Start as you mean to go on”. Starting the year aiming to radically change ourselves in one way or another is usually setting yourself up for failure. Depending on the goals you set yourself, you could be taking a negative hit far to early in the year; you don’t want to rum out of positivity steam before Valentines.
I know, easier said than done, right? It’s true you can’t make yourself think positively all the time, but it’s worth trying. I spent last year trying to see the positive side of everything. Just start with little things like the weather (“it’s 2 degrees outside, but it’s sunny and dry”) and you’ll find it easier to let go of other things. Like when other people are in a mood and it has nothing to do with anything you did; their having a bad day and that’s their problem, don’t let it get you down.
Make Healthier Choices
Rather than set yourself the age old goal of losing weight this year, just choose to make healthier choices. Have some squash instead of fizzy juice. Leave a little earlier so you can walk to your destination if it’s practical. Choose not to have that biscuit with your cup of tea.
Little changes add up to a big difference. Last year I chose not to snack between meals and dropped down to the same weight I was when I was 21 (a whole two stone and half lighter to give you a frame of reference, I should have done it ages ago).
Know Your Limits
This falls in to area of not setting yourself up for failure. We always start the with these big plans of all the things we’re going to do, and almost never achieve them. We set our targets too high and when we don’t make progress as quickly as we think we should be, we get disheartened and eventually give up. Learning to be realistic about what you can achieve and how long it will take to achieve it is the best boost your confidence and productivity will ever have.
Take weight loss for example. If your weight has been increasing over the last 5 years it may take half as long to lose that weight in a healthy way. It’s the same with business; you won’t become an entrepreneur over night. To do anything properly takes time and effort and it’s up to you to be honest with yourself about how much time and effort you can dedicate to a particular goal. Once you accept this you’ll be more likely to succeed. No crash diets or get rich quick schemes here folks!
Keep Your Eyes On Your Work
This is actually something I’ve been told my entire life, whether from teachers or family members. It basically boils down to this: you focus on what you are doing and never mind what anyone else is doing. It’s about not comparing yourself to other people. The more time you spend looking at what other people are up to, the less time you spend achieving your own goals. We are all different; have different skills, work at different rates, and comparing ourselves can often distract us from what we wanted to achieve or derail us completely.
You focus on what you want to achieve. The only person you should compare yourself to is yourself.
This one is pretty straight forward. Whether it’s remembering to say please and thank you or holding the door open for someone; little acts of kindness have a positive impact on other people and make us feel good about ourselves. We need more happiness and positivity in the world; and if all it costs is smiling at a stranger if you make eye contact, I’m sure it’s a price we can all afford.
Now go forth in to the world as newly ignited beacons of light; or at least try not to be too hard on yourself this year.
I wish you all the very best in what you hope to achieve in 2018!