While the message of this rhyme is powerful, some of the sentiment may be a bit misplaced. Why do we seek to change every new year, like as if at the stroke of midnight – all of the bad decisions, calories and heartbreak of the old year is gone and the new year wipes it all out.
And this can be intoxicating to believe. That we just get a ‘do-over’. But I want to challenge that notion this year.
What if we didn’t seek to change, but to improve? What are the things that you loved about your last year, where are the areas that you grew, developed, learned? What are the lessons that you learned and the experiences that actually changed your life?
Don’t we want to hold on to those?
What if I told you that you don’t need a ‘new year, new me’ mindset you simply need dedication to the things that are working and to release the things that aren’t.
Motivation isn’t always the problem – we are all looking for inspiration and what could be more inspirational than a brand new set of 365 days?
What if I told you that the new year will automatically change, but you won’t. Not unless you do the work. So let’s commit this year, to actually doing the work.
Not looking for a magic pill, a fad diet, the next best thing that will get us there quicker… let’s put on our big girl panties and big boy draws and let’s get to work.
Let’s reflect on the person that survived in 2022 – honor her – pay homage to him; and let’s become the best version of ourselves, instead of seeking to be someone else.
Over the next few weeks, we will practically discuss how to do this – how to take our lessons from 2022, and every other year for that matter – and discipline ourselves this year to become better.
Journey with me and let’s watch our lives become so great that they make our dreams jealous.
Are you with me?