Wanting to trust your brain (and mind in general) can feel a little counter-intuitive. After all, most of us are painfully aware of our own shortcomings. Our cognitive abilities are tremendous, yet we often feel like our thoughts and memory are trying to screw us over at every turn. We lose things, miss crucial meetings, forget what we were going to say mid-sentence…
2017 is here… and it’s time to slow down.
Admittedly, this wasn’t the first thought that went through my head when I thought about planning the year ahead. My instinct was to cram in as many projects and resolutions as possible in the hope that some (okay, one or two) might actually stick… but guess what? That’s what I do every year… and it doesn’t really work out. I do end up making improvements in my life over the year, but most of them don’t happen in January. In fact, the first couple of months are usually pretty miserable. It’s dark, cold and I feel crap for not sticking to my myriad of new goals.
Anyone else know the feeling?
Quitting is hard.
“Wait, what?” you ask.
Yeah. Quitting is possibly one of the hardest things you can do, if you think about it.
I mean, we’re all pretty good at starting things, aren’t we? New projects, New Year resolutions related to work or health, courses, etc. We become enamoured with an idea and we decide to give it a go, because we think it’ll take us to a better place. We think it’ll make us happy, if only we stick with it long enough.
Therein lies the catch.
Most people like to make a list of their New Year’s Resolutions around, well, New Year… or at the very latest mid-January if they forgot to do it earlier. By then it’s usually accompanied by the slightly paralytic feeling that they may have missed their “starting slot” and therefore their changes won’t be as effective or won’t even work at all. It’s a convenient excuse not to even try. I know it is, because I’ve been guilty of it myself year after year. Or if I remember to write my resolutions at all, the drive to follow through usually peters out by February… same old, same old. *yawn*
It is now the end of July 2014. As I mentioned before, I am in the process of implementing (or at least experimenting with) several major changes in my life. Are any of them similar to the items on the list I probably wrote (and forgot about) back in January? Sure. I know which things I want to improve on, although I’ve since discovered several more. Did I make a list and try to tackle them all at once? Of course not. But now that the changes are happening, perhaps I will make a list, if only to clarify things a little in my own mind. Here goes: