This is the time of the year when, although we’re still connected with the past, hence the Christmas tree and jumper, we have more than one eye on the future, and in particular, January 1.
The term ‘New Year, New Me’ is one that is often used in reference to a desire to see personal change. However, the reality is that January 1 is just a date on a calendar. Our lives won’t miraculously change when the chimes of Big Ben ring out to signal the end of one year and the start of another.
Real change involves not only a desire to do things differently but also a plan of action to implement it. That’s why it’s vital to spend time thinking about where we are now and where we want to be.
For many years now, I’ve been using this time of the year to reflect personally and to seek positive change. Although I’ve witnessed progress in my life, I’m still a long way off perfection and although I’d like to think I’m heading in the right direction, nevertheless I’m still a work in progress. Aren’t we all, if we’re honest with ourselves?
Change involves creating new habits and walking another path. It takes time to forge new direction, especially when we’ve been on a particular journey for many years. One of the problems is that many see January 1 as almost a magical date. It isn’t.
The gyms will be full over the next few weeks with New Year’s resolutions manifesting themselves. However, once we hit February, the vast majority will have fallen away, once the novelty wears off.
Change not only requires commitment and dedication but also a realisation that the best way to implement it is by taking a marathon approach rather than a sprint. On a personal level, I decided to lose weight a couple of months ago. Rather than wait until January 1, I started two months previously.
I ate my last junk food on October 31 and since then I’ve created a new pathway in my life. It’s more than just what we eat or drink though, it’s about the big picture of lifestyle change. Ditching the junk from November meant that by the time Christmas had come round I wasn’t craving chocolate, crisps and ice cream.
After two months of walking a new path, it’s time to start jogging the journey now we are heading into a New Year. By the end of 2020 I’ll be flying but it’s part of a plan. Change doesn’t happen randomly, it’s planned and thought out. It also takes time.
I’ve got several other things as well that I’m going to implement, not necessarily of interest to others to mention here in detail. One thing I’m looking at though is concentrating on my personal website.
I’ve been blogging since July 2003 and as I’ve posted regularly ever since then, the views are very encouraging indeed. It’s nice to know that you’re not just writing and talking to yourself.
I closed down my Instagram account a while back and I’m looking that way with Facebook and Twitter, or at least taking a (short) break in January to see how it goes. It’s just a time management thing, nothing sinister or untoward going on.
Anyway, enough of me. Whatever your plans are, think them through carefully. Drunken ambitions at one minute to midnight will very quickly fade. Be rational, logical and realistic.
Happy New Year and I hope to see you on my website during 2020. I shall be posting daily, as I have been doing for some considerable time now. I’m also going to be doing some live blogging, especially from the water’s edge while fishing. I’m looking forward to that very much indeed.
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