As December came to a close, the world was filled with “New Year, new me” sentiments. People all around the world make resolutions every year and then, by about August, collectively lament the fact that they are all pretty much broken and the rest of the year is a write-off. But it’s okay! December is around the corner and you can reinvent yourself for New Year! Or so we tell ourselves over and over.
Now I don’t want you to think that I’m being deliberately harsh. I’ve been in the same boat, many times over. I have regularly made resolutions only to see them dashed, by my own error or inaction, by the middle of the new year. We’ve all been there in the past. Probably several times each if we’re honest. I’m not going back down that route this year. Instead, I’m hitting 2016 with a dose of positivity as of yet unrivalled. I will achieve things this year not simply by putting them in a list. In fact, I’m not even going to make a list. I’m just going to work; on the things that make me happy, on the things that can make me successful and on the things that will make me a better person.
I don’t need a list for these things as I already know them all deep down. Also, these things are not rated as either a pass or a fail. It’s a sliding scale that goes from the depths of nothing to the heights of greatness. As long as I’m working toward those things, I know that whatever I do will get me closer to some form of achievement; success, happiness, whatever. I don’t have to succeed at particular things and tick them off a list. I just need to keep moving forward.
I’m in danger of sounding like a pyramid scheme here, I know that. I’m not going to try to sell you anything (although that would tick some boxes in the success and wealth categories of my year). It sounds a bit hippyish but I really believe that being positive can have a profound effect on a person. Let’s do that, people. Stay positive. If you want to do something, go out and do it. If you want to achieve something, work hard at it. Don’t make a list and then be sad when you’ve only ticked one box by June. This year isn’t just about this year. It’s about all of the years that follow it.
Do something this year, achieve ANYTHING this year and no one can take that away from you in the future. You’ve started on a path to something and although you might not reach the end of that path this year, that doesn’t mean that you’ve failed anything. You’re on your way. Never forget that the first step is the hardest to take.
Have an incredible 2016. Go out and make it yours. You’ve got this.