The New Year is here and we are excited about what our new year will bring. One common activity for many is to set new year resolutions of goals as this year begins. To many of us the New Year is type of ‘reset’ akin to that of an operating system, often we let our … Read More
The New Year is here and we are excited about what our new year will bring. One common activity for many is to set new year resolutions of goals as this year begins. To many of us the New Year is type of ‘reset’ akin to that of an operating system, often we let our computers work for days having opened and closed applications and letting those residual data lingering and piling up, often making our computers run slow, until we restart our computers and there is comes back again, refreshed ready to allow you for a start of a new cycle of work. Sometimes, restarting the computer is not enough, however, some computers gather spyware, ad-aware or even computer viruses.
The analogy of the computer is a good one, I believe, because it helps understand a concept, we tend to miss. The ‘restart’ does not mean all of the things that may have made our past year less than enjoyable will magically disappear, like the computer, if you have viruses or spyware, restarting the computer is not enough, you need clean up that clutter or bad software before. So it is with ourselves, if we had bad moments, such as bad relationships, made wrongs with people, distance ourselves from loved ones or perhaps even made bad financial decisions, if we gained weight, like unnecessary overspending, if we want to make the New Year a better year, we must first identify what we need to do to clear up the clutter.
Another very important point we tend to miss, is the concept of setting goals in the form of new year resolutions, setting goals is usually a good thing, the law of attraction shows us that the more we visualize or fixate on something we are playing a big role in making it a reality. Therefore, setting a goal is a very important first step in creating a new reality for us, the problem is, it is not enough to the set the goal. Many of us, would want to set new resolutions we have said to accomplish in previous years, repeating the same wishes now at the start of the year, only to likely be disappointed around June-July that what they set to do is not happening, for some this will be February-March. One of the common resolutions is, for example, joining a gym, either because we want to lose weight for health reasons or for aesthetic reasons. In this case I think the problem is in how we frame our goal, often simply saying, “I’m going to lose weight so that I can increase my chances for dating.” Such thing may not be as powerful as you needing to lose the weight, because the doctor told you that if you don’t, you are in the high-risk of having diabetes, at which point the motivation is strong enough to fulfil this goal. So, in order to make our goals for the year stronger, we need to find a motivation that is rewarding enough for us to keep going.
Lastly, another very important point to make, going back to the computer analogy, is the idea of setting goals now in the new year. Like the computer, you don’t need to wait until, say the end of the week to restart your computer, you can do it any time and start fresh, in other words, you can hit your own ‘reset’ button during any of the 365 days of year. Any of these days of the year is also a good day to set resolutions, goals, wishes etc, we really don’t need to wait for December 31st or January 1st to set resolutions, to plan out some of the things we wish to do for ourselves or others. I really don’t want end this article sounding sanctimonious, I am guilty of much of the above, but I have come to realize recently about this concept of the New Year and what it means to us, so why wait for 2015? Let’s this be the year to set goals and accomplish them, setting realistic wishes, and continue doing this throughout the year, let’s see 2016 as the year where we don’t need a New Year to remind us of our power and capability to do much more than we may think is possible.