New Year's Resolutions are a tradition for lots of people. Whether we decide that this is the year we will give up sugar, get fit, learn a language, swim the Channel, buy a house, have a baby, sleep more, worry less, or stop watching TV* it seems that this time of year inspires all of us to want to become a better version of ourselves.
*(all real resolutions, not all mine)
What all my resolutions in years past have had in common is that they assume that the way I am just now is not good enough. I have never managed to stick to a new year's diet regime - and as countless other people have pointed out before me - starting a new healthkick in the middle of winter when all we have to look forward to is months more bleakness before there is even a glimpse of warm spring sunshine seems doomed to failure before it even gets started.
I have heard lots of people reject a traditional 'giving up something' resolution as too negative, and instead opt to add something new to their lives to help them become the person they want to be. I don't regret taking up yoga a couple of years ago (and in fact, I am now one of those annoying people that feel like something is wrong if I haven't had a good stretch today - sorry).
But last year I wanted to do something different. Instead of changing myself into a better version of me, I decided to start liking the person I already am. So I bought myself a diary. And every day I wrote down one good thing that I did, or was, or tried.
I loved the dinner I cooked myself tonight
Today I could touch my toes in a yoga forward bend
My team won the pub quiz!
At first it felt a little silly. And I felt like my small wins were too small to really count. How could this really make any difference? But then a strange thing happened. I started finding and doing more and more little things to add to my diary. Pretty soon I barely had space in each day to write in all the little things I wanted to say.
And looking back, I couldn't believe how much I achieved last year.
So this year, I've decided instead of a resolution, I will focus on small business wins. And on the day that most people give up on their resolutions? I can't wait to keep going!
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