Have You Ever Achieved Your New Year’s Resolution?
For many years my New Years Resolution was “I resolve not to make a resolution”. That way it was broken the moment I finished saying it and the pressure was off for the rest of the year.
I went to this annual retort as a result of becoming – annually – frustrated with not being able to stick to my resolutions for more than a couple of weeks. I also didn’t like starting out a new year with a feeling of self reproach and shame when I inevitably went off track.
When it comes right down to it, my family loves me the way I am, warts and all, so there isn’t really any big thing I need to change.
But, one can’t grow as a person without making some changes.
So for the past couple of years I instead come up with a list of ” Fancies” I would like to give a go to during the coming year. It’s a lot more fun this way and there is no pressure to make any big life changes.
What’s a ‘Fancy’?
A Fancy is something you would like to do, or try, for no other reason than wanting to.
Sounds a bit like a Resolution, but there’s BIG different.
- Resolution: Something you feel you NEED to Change
- Fancy: Something you WANT to Try
Fancy Something Different This Year
Why not try the fun and flexibility of a Fancy. Encourage yourself to expand and grow in a way you may not have thought of before. Read a book from a new genre, take a workshop on something that has nothing to do with your present job or hobbies, make a new recipe, or order a coffee you can’t pronounce in a coffee shop you haven’t been in before.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Change and personal growth are an inevitable part of life. It doesn’t need to be a frustrating, self imposed pressure cooker. It doesn’t need to be traditional.
Embrace it your way – just because. Who knows, maybe you will discover something about yourself that was hidden. Perhaps this time next year you may find by trying something new, you have become new too.
What’s Your Fancy? Share with us in the comments below.
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