Crack open the champange (if that's your thing), write down your New Year's Resolutions (that you probably won't keep), and shout 'NEW YEAR, NEW ME!' (even though you're going to do all the same things as last year).
As you may have guessed, I dislike all the hype around New Year. Much of it is fake, manufactured and over-the-top, buying into the culture of instant results. The strange idea that New Year is a magical time in which we are guaranteed to be able to translate thought into action and motivation into discipline was exposed as a myth a long time ago, yet people still buy into it.
But that's enough New Year bashing.
I have a Yoga Journal 2019 calendar sitting on my desk, and I was interested in the questions posed in the Take It Off The Mat section today.
The page talking about New Year's Resolutions, and how people start thinking about an area in their life they'd like to improve at this time of year. As you may have guessed above, I don't set a New Year's Resolution and I don't believe they are effective or valuable in making real change. Someone wanting to make honest change in their life doesn't wait for the New Year to roll around to set their goals and start work.
However, my calendar posed some interesting reflective questions to consider when wanting change, so we can focus our energies into change that will be meaningful for us. I've been thinking about these questions, and decided to share them here, so you can ask them yourself moving forward.
I have been reflecting on these questions today and will be sticking this page of my calendar up on my motivation wall tonight, so I can keep seeing them and reflecting on them. Some of them I already know the answers to, some I'm still considering, but I can see change coming for me and I want it to be meaningful. If I'm honest with myself, change has been coming for me for a long time, but a combination of comfort and fear (strange, but these two opposite emotions often go hand-in-hand when confronting change) have held me back.
I'm not going to leap into anything drastic, but I know I'm not happy where I am. Several events today proved that to me on a deep level, so now I need to push back and put myself out there. Change is scary, but I am thinking that fear of the unknown is better than unhappiness in the known, and it will certainly be of more benefit to me in the long term.
In closing, I want to make changes to my life in 2019, but I don't want that change because it's 2019. 1 January 2019 was just another day to be grateful for the incredible gift of life, another day to reflect on where I am and what I want to do moving forward.
If you really want change, the New Year will be just another time and date; if you're hyping New Year up to be something special that makes change, you're already half way towards failure.
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Me With No Apologies.