The concept of the ‘New Year’s Resolution’.
Every year, people will commit to goals that are unachievable, born out of over indulgence. The idea of new year, new me is structurally sound. However, the resolutions that you hear are ‘I’m going to get fit’, ‘I’m going to eat healthy’, ‘I’m going to not drink alcohol for the entire month’ and so on and so forth.
Personally, I have fallen into this trap many times, jumping straight on that health bandwagon. Now, we both know that the majority of us will uphold this new lifestyle for a few weeks and then we get derailed, resulting in a downward spiral of binge eating, binge drinking, or total disregard to the promises we made ourselves.
This year, I’ve decided to make a mindset change. Instead of promises of chiselled abs, a super clean diet or the new found ability to tap dance, my change of mindset revolves around slowing life down, enjoying the moment and appreciating what I’ve got.
I am under no illusions that I will come up against obstacles and challenges along the way. This is a fundamental change in the way that I think and behave, It will take time and I will have to be patient, which is easier said than done. The first step, is this blog.
Appreciation Is defined as the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
I am impulsive by nature and the appreciation of things is something that I find very difficult. I can absolutely recognise and enjoy them, but nothing that is material has a long lasting effect on me. I guess that could be the inherent problem with modern day life, there’s always something new to be had and the acquisition of new things has been made easier by buy now, pay later schemes. This one requires some work.
What has come a lot easier to me, much easier than I thought, is my appreciation of people. In business, the sign of a good leader is to surround yourself in experts, people who know more than you do and therefore can advise you on how to develop and grow.
It’s exactly the same in our relationships. Surround yourself with good energy, people who support your personal growth, who add value to your life. Take the time to tell people what they mean to you, a little gesture can go a long way.
Change is defined as the act or process in which something becomes different and Albert Einstein said that the definition of insanity is repeating the same act over and over again and expecting a different result. So when you get to the point where your resolution has fallen flat, break the cycle of insanity and do something different.