Every December is filled with this sudden burst of excitement in the air. We start writing our year-end retrospective analysis, listing down what went right and wrong. We discuss our plans and resolutions for the new year and vow to right all wrongs. Soon, new year’s eve is just the same, filled with cheer and celebration with our near and dear ones and the next day we wake up with a clean slate. We wake up feeling rejuvenated and with the will to do things differently; to right wrongs, to fulfil dreams. We’re filled with renewed hope and enthusiasm and list down resolutions for the year ahead of us.
Two weeks into January, the excitement begins to fade and we’re back to our day-to-day routines and deadlines. We’re reminded that not much has changed and that we’re still who we were in the last year. All the hope and opportunities suddenly seem like the same old challenges that are yet to be dealt with. Every first day of the year, we think so far ahead that we forget about today.
So this year, why not change that thought then? Instead of looking at 2016 as a “whole”, let’s think about what we want to happen today, tomorrow and the day after. All of last year’s unchecked long-term resolutions could turn into a reality by turning them into short-term achievable goals. And here’s how:
1) Be specific
2) Create a timeline
3) Measure them
4) Write them down
Let’s build on our excitement instead of letting it die out. Let’s not worry about the failures of the past or fear the obstacles of the future. Let’s overcome them, one day at a time and regain control over what we want.
Here are some of my goals for January, what are yours?
- Eat one healthy meal a day
- Learn calligraphy
- Doodle or draw every day
- Read one book a week
- Become an early morning person
- Run twice a week
And the list goes on…
The year holds new hope and potential. Let us not limit that by setting impractical resolutions for the year but explore what it has to offer by living each day like it’s the new year!
I’d like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes from recent times,
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
~ Neil Gaiman