At New Year, it can be difficult to deal with the enthusiasm of others who are planning all the ways they will improve themselves over the next 12 months.
Everyone seems to have a plan for world domination. Whether it’s a new blog, signing up for a marathon or booking a round-the-world ticket, it’s easy to feel disheartened when your aspirations don’t match up.
Perhaps last year was hard and you don’t much feel like making resolutions. You don’t want to set any new goals, because what’s the point of it all, it’s hard enough getting through the day, without worrying about starting a podcast and trying to build a side business.
You look at the New Year, stretching out ahead of you and you feel miserable. Maybe life isn’t going the way you thought it would and you don’t know how to change things. Maybe you don’t know what you want, or what you need to feel better.
You know resolutions won’t help, because you don’t have the energy to deal with them. It’s just something else to fail at.
But that’s exactly when you can benefit from the frenzy of new year, new you.
You don’t have to set huge goals or turn your life around. Just take one step towards the light. Each small thing might be exactly what you need to feel better. Taking control in some way will increase your confidence and give you a burst of positivity. And that might be enough to push you on to the next step.
And remember, you don’t have to succeed. For all the people eagerly listing their goals, how many will achieve everything they set out to?
It’s okay to change and refine a goal if it doesn’t work for you.
And it’s okay to set goals or aim for reinvention whenever it feels right for you. Just because it’s January doesn’t mean you have to spring into action.
But it might be a good time to reflect on all the things you have achieved. Because maybe the old you is pretty amazing already.