Don’t strive for a better you just because a new year approaches

Blogmas 2021| 12 Days of Christmas | Day 1

Dear World,

Around this time of the year – the mid December into a new year period – the key words and catch phrases tend to include or be similar to “new year, new me” or “I will change this or that about me and improve my life in the New year.”

All very cliche and played out if you ask me. This is especially true if there is no structure.

It’s great to want to improve who you are and become a better version of yourself. This Suburban Girl celebrates those types of moves, in fact. However, don’t do or say just because a new year approaches. Don’t do or say just because your group of friends say let’s do it.

Do or say because you have every intention to alter your life for the better. Do it because you want to do it. Make a purposeful plan and follow through. Apply some project management tools and skills to execute and evaluate. Don’t just say what you want to do, actually do it.

You do know that a new day is the perfect time to start, right? The next hour is also the perfect time. You really don’t have to wait till the clock strikes twelve on January 1st to implement anything.

For those of you who are unsure of my intentions – this not to say that you can’t start your journey to change in January. I’m merely saying, don’t follow the crowd because that’s the “in thing”.

We go through this every single year – where well thinking folks make the vaguest of wishlists and vision boards for themselves with no clear direction of how they’re gonna achieve or attain whatever they put down on paper. You can’t stop there.

Penning your goals is a great start but ensure that they’re SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based). Is the journey to achieving them following the KISS (Keep it simple stupid) principle or any other principle that will actually help?

The simpler and more clear cut your approach to achieving goals is, the easier it will be – in theroy – to execute and attain. All I’m saying is that you must have your game-plan; your blue-print; your sketch. With those outlines make sure you also have some back-up.

What are your contingency plans for each goal? Think about it.

Additionally, if you know you want to change but you aren’t quite sure how to go about it, that’s fine too. If that’s you, that’s you. Just do me a favour and own that. We don’t all know the pathway we’re gonna take and that’s okay.

Think on these things and stop wasting markers, pens, papers, books, money, and everything else you use to create your new year goals and visions.

*These thoughts are my own and they’re not necessarily supported by empirical evidence. Great, glad to have gotten that out the way.

Signed with love,

The Suburban Girl JA

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ditto, ditto, ditto! Love the headline. Blogmas? Should be interesting!! Looking forward to it.

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    1. Thanks Richelle! Yes, Blogmas. I should’ve started from December 1st but the next best time to start was now. Stay tuned for some thought provoking, laughter enduring and potentially tear jerking blog entries. ❤

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