Happy New Year to all who read this post. For many in the UK and USA New Year is marked by a celebration tonight at midnight just as 2017 starts. For other countries and some religions, New Year is celebrated at a different time of year. January 1st became new years day for the Romans in 153BC. For many Christians the Christian calendar starts at the beginning of Advent(22nd November 2016), for Jewish people New Year’s Day is Rosh Hashanah ( this was 2nd Oct 2016), for Islam New Year’s Day was the first day of the month of Muharram (1st October) starting the new year 1438 in their calendar. In Ethiopia, this was on 11th of September on the celebration of Enkutatash starting their year 2009. These new years have already started, for others they don’t happen until later. Chinese New Year (28th January) sees the start of the Year of the Rooster in their year 4715. In Thailand the new year is celebrated in the Songkran festival on the 13th of march next year.
Why tell you all this? Firstly it shows that new years don’t have to be set on a certain day. (There are people who celebrate new years on different days.) It shows that even the year doesn’t have to mean anything, we sometimes look at the number and set things against it like years until/from a certain date. We may look at 2017 and decide that we have 3 years until 2020 so we have 3 years to achieve our goals. what if we fail? Does that mean we will have to set the next goal as 2025 or 2030 to be easy to remember? In other calendars this will be 1441 (Islam) and 4718 (China) so why not set the goal for 1445 (4 years to achieve) or 4720 (just 2 years)? You can set your own New Year date, this could be today or any day you choose to change your life, you could start this as New Year’s day in the Year 1 or you could choose your birthday and set the year by your age, whatever works.
Like the character in the picture I want to you to do all you can to be true to yourself, however crazy that may be. As adults, we may recognise that new year is a time when we go out and relax (sometimes this may take a bit of alcohol or other adults around us being crazy or even dressing in fancy dress). This is when we unwind and really have some fun. The sad thing is that we are not always able to do this. Why not? Fear. We are scared of what others will think of us, people we have been acting in front of will see what we really are. Yes, I said acting. At some point during our childhood (usually secondary school) we start to worry about what others think, we start to try and make ourselves look “better” than we are, especially to “cool” people or to people that we find attractive. We act like we know things we don’t or have done things that we haven’t or try to act the same way as others to fit in.
Try being yourself more often and see what happens. If you are always acting you may spend all of your time trying to remember what you are supposed to be. You may miss opportunities to improve or be unhappy with the situation you find yourself in. Why be unhappy all the time? What are you trying to do? Is it really worth all the effort?
Reflect on 2016 and ask yourself.
- What have you achieved?
- If you haven’t reached your goals, why not?
- What do you want to achieve next?
- What has made this year great? – Be thankful for these
- What has not been so good? – learn from these and move on
Have a great year. Don’t forget to check out some of the tools that may help in my recommended section and subscribe to this site so we can acheive our goals faster together. If you have any topics you would like to see me write a blog about please add your ideas to the comments.