This year, I’m doing New Year’s resolutions differently. Why am I publishing this in February? Well, that might give you …
I know that January 1st isn’t magical, but it’s still effective in spurring people into action. Perhaps the secret to achieving goals, creating habits, catalyzing change, and improving oneself is in making the mundane magical.
Even though the new year is an arbitrary and meaningless date on the calendar, and even though the year 2020 is nothing more than coincidental numbers – you can still inject enough meaning into it to make it useful for creating the changes you want.
It’s really difficult to break a bad habit, but it can be done if you know the steps to re-wire your brain. You have a bad habit that you’ve been trying to break, but you just can’t get rid of it. Maybe it’s a health related bad habit like smoking or overeating. Maybe it’s a smaller bad habit like biting your nails. Or it could be a social bad habit like interrupting people or checking your phone during conversations. At best, bad habits continue to be little annoyances to you and others. At worst, a bad habit can grow into a life-dominating addiction. Bad habits, if allowed to grow, can become major obstacles in your life that hold you back from success.
It’s that time again – to start reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new one. During the holidays, it’s natural to look back and reflect. You think about the good times. You think about the bad times. Your successes. Your failures. When you reflect on the past with purpose, it’s transformational for your future.
How are you doing on your new year’s resolutions? Chances are, you never made them, have forgotten about them already, or tried and given up. The reason our resolutions, and most other goals fail is because they’re lofty and generic, and we lack an actual strategy to help achieve them. But the practice of creating goals to improve ourselves is important, whether it’s at the new year or any other time.
2014 has had its fill of events, its ups and downs, both global and personal. So with the close of 2014 and the start of the new year, here are some things I’ve reflected on and learned about my relationships, my work, and the world around me. Certainly not a definitive statement on how to live, but some food for thought from reflections on 2014.