A New Year

It’s a new year! I love New Year’s.  Not the fanfare and pressure of New Year’s Eve, but rather the actual new year.

I love the idea of a fresh start. It’s a chance to put the past behind us and look towards the future. To me, January 1st is the hope for all the good things we can make happen.

The key phrase there is “can make happen.” We have to take steps to bring about change but the wonderful thing is that it’s doable.

So, here’s a little exercise for you to do before the ball drops on the 31st. Take a piece of paper and a pen. Now write down ten things you would like to do in the New Year. They can be personal, career oriented, frivolous, or important to all the world. It doesn’t matter. It’s your list and it can consist of anything you dream of.

The main thing when compiling your list is to not think about what you’re jotting down, just write it (and actually write it out). If it pops into your head put it on the list. There’s no censorship, no judging, no right or wrong answer, and no limits. The list is for you and you alone and doesn’t have to be shared with anyone unless you decide to do so.

This should be free association and done without a lot of analyzation. Allow the items to just come to you. Put down the things that you WANT to do and not what others tell you to do. Shoot, they can make their own list if they so desire.

This is now your official “To Do” list for 2019. Your New Year’s Resolutions so to speak. When January 1 rolls around, start working on the items. Some items may take only a minute, others will be more long term. That’s okay, just start working at them.

Tuck your list away and periodically take it out and look at it. Are you making progress? Have your desires changed? Cross off what you have completed. When you feel stymied or lost take your list out and start tackling something on it. Also, there is no time limit on your list. It doesn’t have to be completed by December 31st unless you put that deadline on yourself. You can carry items over to next year if need be. The goal is to start taking action. One side effect is that once you start thinking about and focusing on a goal, it takes on a life of its own and things happen. You start the snowball rolling and then it just grows and grows.

Of course, you can do this any time. You don’t have to wait for the holidays to roll around. It’s just a way to work towards our dreams and make things happen.

And have a very Happy and Productive New Year!

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