The Straightforward Guide to Meeting the New Year with a Smile

the-bright-side-becoming-ruler-of-the-universe-2014-diary-p2444-3180_zoomI hope you had a fabulous Christmas and didn’t get too blown away in the storms.

In my last post, I wrote about laying some solid foundations for the New Year ahead by reviewing the highs and lows of the year just gone (read it here).

I’m going to take the risk of assuming that over the years you have read a lot of articles and had a lot of experience in making New Year’s resolutions, so I’m not going to give you their history or go into detail about what you should or shouldn’t do. It’s the holidays, and my aim is to inspire you to think creatively rather than bog you down with instructions!

  • Do you have any resolutions that you have made year after year and not carried out? Ditch them. If you can’t bear to ditch them, try reframing them until they resonate with you. For example, if you have resolved to lose weight for years, try focusing on, say, running a marathon and raising money for your favourite charity instead. You will probably find that you will lose the weight on the way.
  • If you do want to make some resolutions, make sure that they are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and with a timeframe).
  • Don’t try to implement everything from 1st January. Instead, try scheduling in different projects throughout the year to avoid overwhelm. If you want to write a book this year, for example, block out a time for it: why not start in the Spring, which is a good time for creativity and growth? Give yourself six months, a start date and an end date. Then how about planning a party to celebrate its completion in the late autumn?!
  • Good intentions are all very well, but be self-aware. For example, if you know that you are always a last-minute type of person, don’t tell yourself that you will write that book in 500 words a day, or plan that big party bit by bit. Give yourself deadlines, make other people aware of them and make sure you don’t book anything in just before them. This will save you kicking yourself unnecessarily later on.
  • Play to your strengths. What did you do well in 2013 that you can continue in 2014? You don’t need to reinvent the wheel every year – build on these strong foundations instead.
  • Check in with yourself and make sure that your plans reflect what you want and need. Of course, plans and projects that involve working with, caring for or doing things for others are great, but your needs have to be met too. Strive for a good balance.


Above all, don’t take yourself too seriously! This time of year can sometimes feel like ‘the morning after the night before’ when the excesses of the Christmas period are taking their effect. Be light; laugh at yourself and greet the New Year with a smile.

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