I write a New Year article every year just as a way to gather my thoughts and prioritize what I would like to do in the coming year to make it more positive, achievement oriented fun. Many are the goals which we plan every year but never get around to doing. Making New Year Resolutions is fascinating trend or I should say tradition, globally practiced irrespective of the nationality, geography and religious beliefs. It is not unusual to find many people buying up notebooks and diaries to write down their year’s goals, dreams and things to do every New Year. These self-declared vows to improve, revive, or otherwise completely overhaul our lives, are one of the most interesting part of beginning a new year.
So to begin my own new year resolutions for 2011 I started by asking my children what New Year resolutions they were planning. Both my children are in their teens. My son who is the younger of the two simply said I don’t know. He was playing his hand held game boy and I think he was too much in the present moment to bother about an uncertain future. He was making the most of his moment of joy.
It was moment of truth for me. I was just beginning to form an insight into a new way of looking at New Year resolutions.
I then asked my daughter the same question. She had a very different answer which amazed me still more. She said “Why should I make new year resolutions. I just think of what I want to do every day and start doing it immediately. Another knockout for my old fashioned thinking of setting goals and plan lots of things and never getting around to do many of them.
So here are the two valuable learning for the new year from the younger generation who believe in being more practical, pragmatic and have the ‘just do it’ attitude.
New Year Insight 1: Live in the present and make the most of it. You never know if tomorrow will ever come
New Year Insight 2: Plan what you want to do and the moment you decide something you need to do and just do it. You need not wait for the right time or place. You need not write plenty of goals and objectives. Set them on the go, get on the road and keep correcting your course as you go along. You just decide and do it.
So I just threw out my goals list and decided I will live every moment to the fullest and just do the things I wanted to do as I planned them or stop planning about it if it wasn’t practical to get started immediately.
But just to make the New Year 2011 the greatest ever I thought I will add two more insights which I feel can really help make life enjoyable. So here is my own new insights on the new year resolutions.
New Year Insight 3: It is always a little difficult to set time up for yourself whether just to get away for the weekend or enjoy a couple of hours on your own. You can feel fully charged if you spend a couple of hours playing with your kids, walking aimlessly absorbing the life around and be with yourself, reading up what you always wanted to read but never got around to it or sharing some loving moments and mutual thoughts together with your life partner every day.
So take the time for yourself as frequently as you wish. That urgent appointment can wait. The business is not going to run away. If it going to fall apart in your short absence, you are not the owner of your work or business, nor in control of it. You are only slave labor to your work and business.
Remember you are working to make life happy. Personal moments of joy lost is adding to the regrets of what you lost in your golden years.
New Year Insight 4: It is always good to spend time to learn something new. May be it is never too late to learn to play the Piano, Guitar or whatever other instrument you fancy. Maybe it could be even better if you could get back to school and get that course you often felt you must do. You could even go back to collage and get a new degree you always fancied. Learning is always fun and helps keep you young, vibrant and knowledgeable. All work and no play…is not for the year 2011.
Wish You All The Best and The Greatest New Year 2011!