As sure as night follows day, New Year surely follows Christmas – full of optimism and hope. Just as surely though, that optimism only lasts, ooh, a week or so before everything settles back to ‘normal‘ as ‘reality‘ kicks in. Ever wonder why? Here’s my take, and how you can keep that optimism going…
I think we can trace the source of the problem back to September. That may sound odd, but it’s in September that the Christmas cards and chocolates start to appear in the shops. From then on it’s an inevitable increase in build up to the holiday, as celebration and good will is commercially thrown at us.
We invest a lot of money, time and effort into the holidays, so much so that as soon as Christmas Day is over, there’s a huge sense of relief and come down. That feeling is lifted up again for the New Year celebrations, where the feeling of goodwill to others and a fresh start is as high as ever.
Sounds good, all that optimism, right? So why does it never seem to last..?
Well, after New Year’s Day it’s back to work for the majority of people. Many have been off since before Christmas, and the almost surreal feel of that break is replaced by a ’back to normal’ atmosphere.
The bills of Christmas seem to loom larger, and the winter weather seems bleaker. The song tells of the 12 days of Christmas, lasting until 5th January, but for those back to work it is already pushed to the back of the mind, and that’s part of the problem.
The optimism of New Year is mentally boxed up as part of the holiday package – once the holiday is over, so is the optimism, and this is backed up by the failure of New Year resolutions being treated as just a joke.
It doesn’t have to be like this though…
If you decide to treat New Year resolutions seriously, not as a joke, then things can change dramatically. If you sit down and look at goal achievement theory properly, and then set goals properly with belief and a plan, things can change dramatically.
If you follow that up with actual action to bring the thoughts into the real world, you are on the road to that change, and if you keep going, new momentum and new habit will kick in, and guess what that leads to…dramatic change!
Of course, you may not want dramatic change, you may only want small changes, but by backing up a plan with action, your visible progress will keep the optimism going, and your expectation of change will stay with you well past the end of the holiday period.
So, if you’ve found yourself with a major post New Year come down, then make the decision that things do not have to stay the same for you, the year ahead does not inevitably have to be the same as the year just gone, and you can enjoy that New Year optimism for the whole year – how good would that be!
Ok, that’s it for now – do let me know what you think!
‘Tile next time,
Health & Happiness,
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