Why do we celebrate the New Year? Is it really that special of an occasion? What changes as we transition from one calendar year to the other? You can argue that nothing really changes, life simply goes on. However, a new year gives you a framework, a time scale for you to propose new goals to yourself, and carry them through. Reflecting upon the previous year and proposing new, achievable goals for the new year can help us shape our future.
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
– Maria Robinson
Each new year brings with it the opportunity to reevaluate our life and start forging a new path. A year is long enough for us to change and improve many things in our lives, but is short enough for us to be able to reflect upon it and learn from our many successes and mistakes. As such, we should make the most out of this opportunity to reflect and reevaluate our life and goals as we see fit.
There is much you can propose to do this New Year. Make some ambitious goals if you so wish, but don’t simply make goals you won’t work hard to achieve. Make goals in the areas you are truly passionate about, and let that passion energize you and motivate you to achieve them. I like to keep in mind a few things when writing goals:
- Make them achievable within the scope of your current responsibilities.
- Only make goals for things you truly care about.
- Make your goals concrete – be sure you can track your progress over time. Being able to track your progress can both motivate you as you see progress, and let you know if you’re on the right track.
- Make them fun! Why would you propose to do something and then be bitter/bored/sad about it?
- Take baby steps if you’re changing a habit.
- Don’t make too many goals. Focus on one or two big things this year.
There are certain things that you may be able to simply stop doing almost immediately, but that is rarely the case. Hence, I would suggest that if you want to stop doing something, you replace that activity or habit with a new one that you enjoy and allows you to focus on something new. It should be something you like, and helps you get closer to achieving your goals. Let’s bring new energy into our days, spice things up!
Another important thing I like to do is to take time to reflect upon your days. A little bit of relaxation time every day, just 5 minutes sometimes to clear up my head and simply BE, can do wonders for the rest of the day.
Let’s make 2011 a year of transformation for all of us. Let’s make sure that our priorities, goals, and actions are well-aligned. Take the time to trace your path, but leave room for life to surprise you. Then, start your days in a positive note with a few minutes of reflection time, and allowing yourself to be grateful for your life and let the excitement for new opportunities to really sink in.
Cheers to a wonderful 2011. Remember that our life follows the path we trace for it. Clear up your head and trace a path of prosperity, and your life will follow. You will be happier and positively influence those around you.
Thank you everyone for reading this blog and for your comments and words of encouragement. I learn as much or even more from everyone’s perspectives, life experiences, and points of views than from my own experiences. I am very grateful for all the blessings I have had so far, and I want to thank you for being a part of my days.