The Christmas holiday period always sparks up lots of optimism and talk of goal achievement. I see lots of lessons and tips that can give nudges forward, and in this article I’m writing about one prompted by the 12th day of Christmas…
The 12 day of Christmas is January 5th, right? That’s when the decorations must come down if they are still up, or bad luck will follow. It’s a time in tradition to mark the end of the celebration.
Have the celebrations actually been going on for 12 days though? According to the song they have been, “on the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 drummers drumming”
In the build up to Christmas, which in the shops starts in September, that song is sung many times along with all the other traditional carols. The build up to the event grows and grows, and when Christmas comes it’s like a release on a pressure valve.
What gets me every year, is that as soon and Christmas Day and Boxing Day are over, the shops consider that the whole Christmas celebration is over. The Easter Eggs creep out onto the shelves, so help us all. I’ve always thought that the retail industry misses a trick here, that they could use the 12 days of Christmas as a marketing tool.
I find that watching the social networks, so many people express their relief that it’s all over, and this is on the 26th or 27th December! It’s normally the people who posted that they have got all their presents sorted way back in, you guessed it, September!
So, what’s the goal achievement tip to be found in all this..?
Well, it’s about seeing things through. Christmas is not being seen through in these examples, and that’s what happens so often with goals.
The New Year resolution is an obvious hook to use, but I want to think about goal achievement in general, goals set at any time of year.
They are set with thoughts of how great it will be to have the goal achieved, but as time goes by, maybe when the first hurdle is hit, or even because no action is ever taken in the first place, the novelty factor of setting the goal fades.
This leads to belief in the goal fading, again if it was ever really there in the first place, and whole thing grinds to a halt. It only comes back into focus when you realise that you have not achieved the goal you set all that time ago – this realisation may not come until the *next* 12 days of Christmas!
So, think to your goals, think how many times you have just let them slip back to nothing because you didn’t see them through? You can use the 12th day of Christmas as a prompt to ask yourself why you set off with such great intentions but never do follow up.
The answer usually lies in lack of action. Lack of action comes from setting the goal incorrectly in the first place, i.e. lack of real belief which leads to the wrong attitude, which always impacts on action (or lack of action!)
Next time you embark on a new goal, when you get 12 days in, sing the song to yourself, stop and have a good hard look at your progress and make sure you are sticking at your goal all the way through. It might just be the tip to push you through that inertia and make amazing changes!
That’s it for today – do let me know what you think!
‘Til Next time,
Health & Happiness,
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