As per the tradition this time of year we all tell our loved ones, the people in our phone contact list, our social media world and random strangers “Happy New Year.” And we all love a new year as there is a redemptive sense around a New Year. The sins and failings of the previous year now become history and we all look forward with child like exuberance to the New Year as a clean slate (clean slate = clean iPad screen for people too young to know about slates).
Unfortunately the way we do life mostly produces the results of our life and come about September 2017 we start longing for the redemption of New Year’s Day so we can trick ourselves again into thinking 2018 is going to be an awesome year. That’s my way of saying if you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always got.
Well that’s downright negative Peter, I hear you thinking. Stop being the New Year’s Scrooge I sense you yelling internally at your device’s screen.
Don’t give up reading.
I want to wish you a Happy New Year by giving you some suggestions as to how I have learnt to make each year the happiest I can – within the confines of what I can actually impact.
So here are my Top Seventeen Powerful Ways to Ensure ‘Happy New Year’ is More Than Just a Greeting.
- Don’t make New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Because rarely does anyone keep New Year’s resolutions and so you set yourself up to start the year feeling like a loser. I am however a fan of setting goals for the year and attaching strategies to those goals. Which leads me into point two.
- Live more intentionally. Be more intentional about the way you spend your time, more intentional about the people you hang with, more intentional about the people you develop professional connections with, more intentional about what you spend money on, more intentional about where you put your energy. Anyway you get the idea.
- Stop reading Junk Mail. In other words, be content with what you have. Junk mail just tells you to buy things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like.
- Be more enthusiastic. It’s amazing how just acting more passionate and buzzed about life, how that impacts your world in a positive fashion. You may think to yourself, but I don’t feel enthusiastic…the great thing about enthusiasm is that the feeling follows the act. Fake it until you feel it.
- Be more thankful. Expressing gratitude is a misunderstood and under utilized power of life transformation. You’ll thank me later……
- Be a kinder person. Like gratitude, kindness is a powerful thing that is untapped in so many people’s lives. You can actually change the world via kindness.
- Invest generously into the people you love.
- Invest generously into others.
- Don’t ever buy anything flat packed.
- Don’t compare your life to people’s Instagram photos. Your life is just as awesome as theirs…trust me.
- Take lots of photos of family events – (not for Instagram but for memories)
- Never copy and paste stuff on Facebook when you are told to especially when it ends with ‘do not share’….because you are being manipulated like a digital lemming. A lot of those posts are just hoaxes….
- Spend less time online and more time in the moment. When you are with real people, put your phone down and totally engage.
- Collect memories not things.
- Hug more.
- Stop saying ‘One Day I will do such and such’, and start to make plans to make your dreams happen. Too many people die with their ‘One Day’ still in them. Don’t die with the music still in you.
- If you don’t already know God…..Know God.
I read a great thought the other day. Imagine it’s December 31st December 2017. Write your present day self a letter talking about all the great things that happened in 2017. It’s a simple way of harvesting your hopes and desires for the year…..Once you have done that…..now go and live the year.
So Happy New Year to you from me.
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