New Years Fever! Why Now Is Not The Time For Introspection
I think for many of us (correct me if I’m wrong), each holiday season and new year represents the ideal time for a little introspection (I’m doing it with the blog, please leave your thoughts). It’s a chance to really recharge your batteries, figure out what you want in life and set goals for achieving it all… in theory anyways. You will probably read plenty of articles about how 2009 can be Your Best Year Yet but how many times have you heard that phrase before? What does it even mean?
But to me there is a big problem here and I call it new years fever, let’s see if you agree with me. The levels of expectation associated with the new year are so high and that can only lead to overly ambitious goals and resolutions (and maybe lots of sweating). If you want to achieve something that involves regular focus over the next 365 days it’s not hard to imagine that when the initial enthusiasm has gone and you hit that first hurdle in your progress, you’ll fall to the ground hard. Most new years resolutions are ditched within the first month, though I’d be interested to hear your stories of resolutions and how long you stick with them.
Alternatively, as I’ve been finding to my irritation over the last few days, you might find that that need to have a personal reboot messes up what you’ve got going for you already. I’m content, I don’t need to change things too much. A little tweak here, bit more effort there, but other than that I’m good… so why the hell have I got this nagging desire to shake things up?! I blame the media, politicians, etc.
It’s with this in mind that I’m going to try something different. I’m not going to let new years fever get the better of me. In fact I’m going to stubbornly refuse to look at my long term goals, weekly planner or any other flavor-of-the-month personal growth tools. I’m going to enjoy Christmas and new year without any over-inflated expectations and then, in several weeks time, when the euthoria of the new year is well and truly behind us, I can once again think rationally about what I want in life. Now, who is with me? Merry Christmas!