Happy New Year! We have officially completed one full week in the year 2016. #celebrate
How many times over the past week have you heard the phrase New Year, new me? How many times over the past week have you actually said that phrase?
I’ll admit that I have been guilty of using this cliché rhetorical response UNTIL this year. As I was preparing my mind and spirit for the 2016 New Years Eve ball to drop, I found myself reading through some of my journal entries. I was puzzled by what I found regarding the contents of my New Years Day writings from the past three years (at least).
THEY WERE ALL BASICALLY THE SAME!
How was it that I wrote the same exact goals over and over and over again? Why was the progress I was making not significant enough to mark these goals as complete? After all, I did create a vision board and made sure to write my goals down. What was I missing?
ANSWER: A legitimate plan and most importantly action.
Goals without a specific plan and action are just thoughts and thoughts are fleeting. How many times throughout the year or the month did I legitimately review those thoughts and track my process? I’ll say possibly one. I knew what I wanted to accomplish, but I was not actively working on those goals daily to the best of my ability.
I was so caught up in the “new year new me” that I keep reinventing the same thing instead of just embracing my core strengths and building upon that.
I learned that sometimes people try to reinvent themselves so much that they tend to forget their core strengths.
If you were building a house, would you continue to pour foundation on top of foundation, on top of foundation? Absolutely not! That would be silly. So why would you continue to try and start over from scratch year after year after year (i.e. new you).
Your foundation has already been laid. Your options are to build up or out. Feel free to customize your life’s floor plan or add upgrades, but do not continue to tear yourself down and try to constantly rebuild. You end up wasting your time, resources and delaying your forward progression.
With all of that said, this year I adopted the motto New Year, Same Me, but a better version. I am content with who I am, but I know there are still opportunities for growth.
According to numerology, 2016 is the year of completion, rest and forgiveness.
- Complete what you set out to accomplish.
- Rest accordingly, as self-care is the key to achievement.
- Practice forgiveness towards yourself and others.
Happy New Year to the SAME, but improved version of yourself.