New Years Holiday – How to Make the Most of Yours
The New Year’s holiday has always been one of fascination for me… because it seems very strange to celebrate the arbitrary turning of one day to the next. And 1 year to the next.
What’s the big deal?
Why celebrate the end of the previous year? It just means another year of your life has passed you by.
And why celebrate the beginning of a new year? What’s to say this year will be better than the last? Or even that this year won’t be a complete disaster?
I guess the biggest thing is it’s a time for reflection. A time for those dreaded New Year’s resolutions which 97% of people say (and some even write down) but also that same 97% percent of people never follow through on.
They are just empty, meaningless words to most.
I don’t want to sound like a glass is half-empty kind of guy.
I’m definitely grateful for the time off of work and use it as a time of reflection for what I’ve accomplished and failed to accomplish over the past year. And to redirect my efforts to achieve what I want.
I use the New Year’s holiday as a time to strategize, plan, and set specific goals with deadlines I want to achieve for the coming year.
As a parent you should do this type of planning as well… both what you want to achieve for your kids and your relationship with them, you and your spouse’s goals as a couple, as well as business or career goals.
Studies have shown people who write down their goals and plans and refer back to them consistently achieve their goals 83% more of the time than those who never plan or just simply verbalize their plan.
There’s something magical and extremely powerful about using your own handwriting to put pen to paper on what you want to achieve.
I cannot overstate the importance of this and the fact you do so in these three areas of your life because it will determine what kind of year you have in 2009.
So my overall advice is to enjoy the down time off from work and to use it as a time of reflection to plan out and imagine exactly how you want the next year of your life to go.
Because you only get one life to live and once a moment has passed you can never reclaim it so you must make the most of each moment you have. Your kids grow up fast so you don’t want to be looking back with regret wishing you’d spent more time with them, done more stuff with them, or been closer to them.
Enjoy your New Year’s holiday and let me know some of your plans. Post in the comments some of the things you want to achieve this year because putting them down in this public forum is in doing so in writing and also gets the power of the group and your accountability to them working for you.
I look forward to your comments and wish you a wonderful new year of your life.