Last day of January! Yes already!! January is the month of the year when most of us make New Year resolutions. Each January brings new hope for change, for a better world, for a better you. And I think this is wonderful. It gives us the desire to do better than we did the year before. It gives us a renewed chance to do what, for some reason or another, we could not do the year before. The New Year gives us another opportunity and we should make the most of it. Many of us will take this opportunity to set a new goal, to start a healthier lifestyle or simply be a better person. However, research shows that less than a quarter of us will accomplish our resolutions. Many of us tend to give up on our resolutions even before the Christmas decorations are down.
Something to remember is that it takes 21 days to form and get used to a new habit. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. So let’s not give up at the first sign of failure. We have to carry on until our resolution becomes a habit.
I have recently read about two things that I would like to share – Two things which I think is most important for starting the new year and before making our resolutions. They are: be happy now and learn to let go.
Be happy now– Don’t make happiness the feeling you only have once you have achieved a certain goal or accomplished a project. Don’t look at happiness as the future. Be happy now. Whatever you are doing today, it is possible to find happiness in it. If you keep pushing it for later, it might never come.
Let go – The only way to have a fresh start is to let go. Let go of any fears built up in the last year. Let go of any failures encountered in the last year. Let go of any guilt you’ve had. Let go of all regrets that you’ve had in the last year. Let go of last year and start fresh.
Wanting change, wanting to make a resolution is a good thing. It gives us something to look forward to and to keep working towards. Even if some of us will not be able to follow them through to a 100 per cent, making the resolutions shows that we have the belief which is needed to be a better us.