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New Year... new me???

17 January, 2017

New Year... new me???

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 am not surprised that today - 17th January - is the day most people give up their resolution, not even three full weeks into the new year.

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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