Thursday, December 31, 2009

How To Have A Happy New Year

Today as I have been out running some errands people have been wishing me a "Happy New Year". No one has wished me a "Bad New Year" or even an "Average New Year". All of this got me thinking about what it would take to actually have a Happy New Year and to make 2010 better than 2009.

Normally people will make resolutions as a New Year approaches about what they want to change and areas they want to make improvements in. Often the initial commitment does not last and this can lead to an Average New Year or even a Bad New Year because of the disappointment and lack of change or improvement that actually happens compared to what the desired result was. One suggestion I have for a Happy New Year is to make realistic commitments to things that really matter and stick with it. Making a commitment to things like growing and developing spiritually, getting more involved in your local church, being sure you are an asset and not a liability to the place you work, and even working on relationships with family and friends to do what you can to make those relationships better; all of these would be good things to make commitments about and to stay with in 2010.

Another thing that really hinders people from having a Happy New Year is that people go into the New Year while looking back at problems and failures that they might have had in the last year. We can never really move forward when we are always looking backward. If some things did not work the way you wanted them to or you made some mistakes last year then plan on doing better in 2010 and make any necessary adjustments to make sure you don't run into the same problem again. Don't hang on to the problems of the past, let them go and look forward to something better.

Finally, another thing we can do to make it a Happy New Year is to take action for yourself and not just wait for everything to happen to you. What I mean is that so many people are waiting for something to happen in their life without them doing anything about it themselves. We need to do what we can, when we can, to make the difference in our own life and not just expect someone or something else to do everything for us as we just passively sit back and wait. Too many people miss an opportunity because they fail to act when they have the ability and possibility to do so.

So as we enter into another New Year my wish would be for everyone to have a really Happy New Year and to make 2010 a far better year than 2009. I have some high expectations for the coming year and I look forward to some great things happening in 2010!


Unknown said...

I think you're right about setting unrealistic goals and expectations. I guess it's true that sometimes great gains can be made, but I like the idea of incremental change. Like many others, weight loss has been a goal for me.

My all-time high was about 243 lbs. Over the years I've lost weight through small changes in diet and exercise. I remember finally getting through the 220 barrier. These days the barrier is 210.

If I'd set a goal to get there in a short period of time, I would likely have given up. But incremental lifestyle changes have helped me a lot.

Now if I could do something about my speeding habits... well, maybe next year.

Jon and Robin said...

I think another thing to do to have a happy new year is to DECIDE to have a happy new year. Life happens, but I get to choose my attitude and my response. So many people go through life as victims (and miserable) because they simply react to their environment, instead of influencing it.

Good article!