The season to be
dysfunctional jolly is here, once again. Gaudy decorations are sparkling away tirelessly and recipes are nagging to be tried and tasted.
Celebrations to usher in the new year are being planned, finalised even.
So let’s begin planning the year ahead.
In very much the same way 2017 has sped past, 2018 won’t be holding back.
It’d be a great help if you still have the tattered 2017 New Year Resolution list lying around somewhere. Or filed away in some folder instead of sticky-noted to the screen like it was on the 1st or 2nd of January 2017.
Helpful because this is how you get to review your progress. Step back from your frantic year-end meetings and marvel at your progress over the last 330 or so days since you made the necessary amendments to your habits.
Or you get to list all of the new ways you’ve failed yourself and make a mental note to try different ways next year.
Whichever the case, reminiscing triggers some of that glassy-eyed fervour that helped you make the list in the first place.
Righting the wrongs
Scanning the months of the year, you might find that some of the listed resolutions were forgotten in the frenzy of surviving 2017. Presidents were elected and comfort food was needed. Social injustice continued to rise and gym memberships declined.
These things happen. ‘S called Life.
You might also find that some of the listed items were (unintentionally or not) completed. Partially completed is a win, seeing as its only November and you have just over 3 fortnights to make that mad dash down the checklist.
This would give you ample practice for next years marathon. Maybe two days a week (in 2017) going through your now updated list of resolutions might give you the stamina you need…?
Solving the reward system
Monitor each step taken into the abyss of progress. Steep valleys, laced with the nectar of blossoming success stories reveal themselves as private evaluations become publicly observable. That job you can finally apply for, now that you’ve finished that course with the endless paperwork…those non-stretch pants, untouched since they were bought because of the traumatic political climate (and the maelstrom of doughnuts and various carbs).
These effects of you being dedicated to your resolutionary checklist become their own reward. The more of them you get, the more you’ll want.
So be careful, 2018 might find you more competitive if you start winning it over this year.