It’s that time of the year – the beginning of a new one when people start to look back on the previous year and think about the mistakes that they made and what they would change in order to improve their lives.
Yes you know what I’m writing about – the New Year resolution! By now thousands of people will have already made and broken their chosen resolution!
I often wonder why we make them. As I’m a ‘start on Monday’ kind of person; the beginning of the New Year is an ideal way to help me plan the future. Giving myself goals to achieve is a way to focus my energy on something positive rather than negative. So what if I didn’t lose that extra few pounds last year! Well fortunately life isn’t over yet and I have a new chance to start all over again.
I usually make a list of things that I would like to do each year.
If any of you have checked out my website you would see that in 2015 I wanted to start a website and write a blog. And I did. I also joined Facebook and Twitter, which brought me in contact with the use of social media and I’m so glad that I did it.
In 2016 I wanted to focus more on writing so I joined a writers group and attended a couple of writing courses; as well as buying myself some self help books along the way.
This year I want to write more regularly and finish projects that I have started. I’m an ideas person and after I write them down I usually forget about them. The drawers in my office are full of notebooks with story ideas not yet written!! So this year I want to see if I can turn some of these into finished stories. Hopefully I will.
Also on my list are things like:
· check my e-mails more frequently
· keep my website more up to date
· eat less
· exercise more
· try to improve my memory by doing some puzzles...!
· Learn, remember and recite a verse from a poem or something like that.
My goals are not huge as I want them to be achievable and if they are I will feel really good about myself which will bolster my self esteem.
Did you know that New Year resolutions go back 4000 years when the Babylonians made vows to their gods to pay their debts, return borrowed items and pledge loyalty to their new King so that they would have better harvests in return for their promises.
I can only hope that my crop of writings bear fruit this year! I’ll just have to wait and see!
Thought for the day: If nothing ever changed; there would be no butterflies!