I am not going to make any New Year’s resolutions this year.
You might have noticed that I am not really a ‘do-what-everyone-does’ or ‘do-what-is expected’ kind of person.
And if you are reading this, you are probably not one either.
So why would we make New Year’s resolutions just because a new year is about to start?
Why would we feel the pressure to come up with something and then probably end up feeling frustrated and beating ourselves up for the rest of the year as we don’t do what we said we would?
What’s with all the unnecessary pressure?
If it is something that you love doing and get all excited about, then by all means go ahead, but if you are racking your brain and feeling you ‘ought to’, then just simply let yourself off the hook.
Instead I am going to suggest doing something easy and fun, a personal development discovery which will increase your self-awareness and actually make a significant difference to your life.
Get a notebook and every day take a minute to write down:
✅ one thing that really made you happy / grateful / smile / buzzed – your highlight of the day.
⛔️ one thing that lowered your mood / that made you angry / upset / sad / irritated / frustrated – the lowlight of your day.
You will be able to start noticing patterns and triggers, and therefore be able to be aware of them when they next pop up. And then do something about it, as in, do more of what lights you up and do less or avoid what drains you.
It’s a life changing exercise, and a huge gift to yourself and to others around you, as your behaviour and reactions will very likely change. It will have an impact in your work and personal life.
You can do it for as long as you want. I suggest start with a week and see how you go.
Give it a go, and I am sure you will love it and have a much richer and fulfilled 2017 by getting to know yourself better.