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January 06, 2016
New Year...New Perspective...
As we hit the sixth day of the New Year this thought crossed my mind – how many New Year resolutions have been broken already?
With each passing year REAL resolutions become harder to make and I admit it...I am that person who rolls my eyes each and every time I’m asked, “What’s your New Years resolution?” So when I started looking into this topic it was no surprise to learn that only 8% of people actually keep their resolutions.
I’m confident that as we get older we are all guilty of dusting off the stock standard replies; clean eating, less TV time, more gym time...but by February most of these “goals” have been long forgotten and we’ve slipped back into those bad habits as comfortably as we slip into those hideous oversized track pants that should never be seen in public.
As I sat thinking about what to write and how to tie it all together my mind drifted back to something that happened two days ago – and whilst it shouldn’t have been an epiphany moment for me it was...and I got to thinking about it more - maybe it’s not just me – maybe I should share this with others – maybe it could shed some light and help others re-align their thought process...or...maybe I’ll be in a bright room with just myself as per normal late to the party!
So...here goes...two days ago as I returned to work on the first Monday of the year (YUCK!) desperate for my first barista made coffee of the year I overheard a little boy ask his mum what a resolution was. She explained it simply yet brilliantly – “it’s the small things that I try to do each year that make me a better person” – he stared at her for a second, sipped his baby chino and then smiled – he seemed very happy with the explanation and after wiping a splash of foam and a smudge of chocolate from his adorable chubby cheek she asked him what he thought her resolutions should be. He licked his lips, stuck a finger into the cup, scooped up the last bit of foam and the paused - just like his mum his responses were simple:
All of a sudden, in a busy coffee queue, I was receiving life lessons from a child I didn’t even know! Sadly this was a real light bulb moment for me – resolutions should be the small things, the ones that matter, the ones that can be achieved – the ones that REALLY make a difference.
We aren’t here forever – we have a relatively short period of time to make any kind of impact on this world. And a child had just taught me that eating clean or green for three weeks was not going to matter a single iota!
What I learnt was simple - it’s really important to set yourself up for success not failure and the chances are that if you are reading this blog you or someone you know is about to become a parent or is starting the new year with a bundle of joy and lets be honest this in itself is a life changing event – so lets go back to basics with the resolutions. Is it really that important that you get your pre baby body back? Do you and baby have to see everyone socially right away? Should you put pressure on yourself to be super-parent of the year who laughs ad adversity? Or is it really as simple as:
And...if you already have a child I encourage you to ask them what they think you should do more of. Get a fresh, honest opinion– and in return ask them. Do they want to learn to play a sport, become a big brother or sister, finish their first book, or maybe see extended family more often? It’s great to understand what is important to them and how you as a parent can support them.
Make 2016 count for the right reasons :)
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