2015 The Year That Will Be
A new year often symbolises a clean slate, a fresh start. We let go of all regret, shame and failure from the year behind us, and fill our lungs with hope for the future.
For most people, analysing their life and thinking of the improvements they wish to see or make from the year before is the basis of their new year’s resolution, A promise they make to themselves in order to improve in some area in the coming year. It might be to travel to a certain place, lose 5kg, buy a new house, save money, get a new job, give up chocolate, find a boyfriend, move overseas. Sometimes however, we conceive these resolutions without a lot of thought to practicalities or whether it is actually achieveable. Depending on an individual’s drive, self-discipline, motivation, determination, as well as the rationality of the goal, a person may or may not attain or keep their resolution for the entire year (or even a few days!).
Personally, I never really understood the hype around new year’s resolutions. Why do we need an excuse, like a new year, to set goals? Why are we not trying to do things that are good for us or that we know will help us get closer to where we want to be, regardless of the month or year? Why do we always wait for a new year, or next week or tomorrow to begin the things we supposedly want so badly? What is it about the 1st of January that gives us so much hope, motivation and clarity? What makes this day so different to any other day?
Sure, maybe I think too much and I should really just sit back and stop questioning everything; the start of a new year is quite symbolic. However, I cannot help but be curious as to what kind of difference it would make if the tradition of making a New years resolutions differed only slightly.
Just imagine …
What if instead of making our resolutions start on January 1st, we made them in March? What if our resolutions had to include at least two other people or had to be achievable without spending any money?
What if there were specific rules around the setting of new year's resolutions? Or better yet, what if people didn’t make new year’s resolutions, but rather they made new year’s affirmations?
This year, curiosity has got the best of me, and I have decided that instead of making a new year's resolution, I will instead give myself new year’s affirmations. These affirmations, contrary to the tradition of resolutions, can be upgraded, changed, and repeated DAILY.
They will not only help me to have a successful, happy and fulfilled 2015, but they will also help me to analyse 2014 and recognise the things I would like to change or improve upon within myself.
- I will be more open. Open to ideas, knowledge, differences, people, cultures, foods, opinions, thoughts and possibilities. I know my way is not the only way, and I am excited to learn other ways from those whose opinions vary from mine.
- I will attract and embrace positive minds and bright souls into my life. I will do so by being the kind of person I would like to meet; radiating the kind of energy I wish to seek.
- I will smile. Even when it hurts or when it is hard, I will smile. I do control my own attitude. And my happiness inadvertently gives others permission to feel the same.
- I will save my money in order to do the things I want to do. I understand that nothing comes easy and that I will have to work hard and dedicate myself in order to reap the rewards. My efforts are what make the reward worthwhile.
- Time is valuable. I will not waste mine nor other people’s. Once time has passed it can not be reused or regained. I am aware of how precious time really is and I dictate my behaviour with this knowledge.
- I will practice what I preach. I understand that no one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. I will be understanding when others mess up, and I will forgive them, just as I will forgive myself for the same things.
- I will also learn - experience is sometimes the best way to learn.
- I am open to change.
- I realise most disappointment is sourced from expectations. I will try my best to limit and eliminate creating expectations in order to be present, humble and thankful for everything I receive. Every moment is a gift blessed upon me – this is why it is called the present.
- I will focus on what I am blessed with and aim to convert my thinking when I begin to obsess with what I am not. I understand it is human nature to want what I can not/do not have, although I realise this kind of mentality is not complimentary to a positive attitude and life.
- I will live with grace, gratitude, appreciation and acceptance.
- I will be, in myself, the change I wish to see in the world.
Will you make a new year’s resolution this year?
Or will you make new year’s affirmations?
Happy New Year!
May 2015 help you live, laugh, love and learn so you may be the best you that you can be.
Wishing you all happiness, health and harmony!
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