And we are off!
2016 is here and the first few days are done! And I am sure your 2015 was waved goodbye with hundreds of farewell wishes and your 2016 was welcome with hundreds of good wishes and aspirations or as they are better know “New Year’s Resolutions!”
Some time ago I wrote a blog pointing out that my New Year’s resolution was to not do any more “New Years resolutions” but turn them into dreams which in term become our future realities. And if like me you want to achieve a lot in 2016, rather than calling them New Year’s resolutions call them your 2016 goals!
My son, only 14, became aware of this mystical tradition that has rule humans for hundreds of years (I’m not sure how many as I don’t know who came up with this but whoever invented New Years resolutions should be shot!) and incredibly, only at the age of 14 pointed out to me that it was crazy that people waited until the 31st December or 1st of January to do things they can do now, today, and he went further on to point out that you don’t need to wait to make things happened. I was ecstatic hearing this and of course agreed with him 110%!
During the festive season I took time to ponder on this. And it is incredible that many of our friends, work colleagues, family and strangers take the time to “wish you all the best for the new year” and “may all your dreams come true” through various forms of communication. One that sticks out nowadays is Facebook. Many people took the time to wish everyone all of the things they never wish for you the rest of the year and merrily inundated your Facebook feed with these post. And not wanting to sound like Scrooge (although those that know me well will know my views on the festive season) many of those well wishes were in some instances meaningless and well, seasonal. Have you ever heard of the old say “a puppy is not just for Christmas”? well I think this is a bit like this, here is my point:
Just like New Years resolutions which are seasonal and a waist of time as you should always set yourself goals throughout the year, we should not just post over the holiday season well wishes for everyone which again are meaningless and a waist of time and instead we should make an effort to keep in contact with all those people throughout the year and more importantly wish them health and happiness all of the time and not just once a year. Wouldn’t that be more meaningful and appreciative of people?
I really don’t want to say people should not celebrate Christmas, that’s not my point, like it is not too say you should not have goals (call them New Years resolutions if you wish) but I would like to see people taking the time to check in on people more than once a year, drop them a note and wish them well in March, June and September. I would like to see people focus on goals more than once a year which become extreme and a burden, stopping people from following through with them but rather start a new goal in February, May, August and October or whenever you want to achieve something.
If you make a habit of these two things, checking in on people more than once a year and setting new goals whenever you want to achieve something, your life will take a different meaning. And remember that this will be less work than the marathon effort every year to send all those Christmas cards and making those commitments which are hard to follow.
Practicing this will make a habit and a habit becomes part of you and a life time commitment to stay in contact with friend and achieve your dreams!