4 Wrong Ways To Start a New Year
“It’s not intentions that matter. It’s actions. We are what we do and say, not what we intend to.” ― Kristin Hannah
We all have the best intentions.
But when we pair them with the worst executions, the outcome isn't surprising. Just frustrating.
Would you like to cut off some of the frustration you typically encounter throughout the year? If so, you might want to stop and rethink your way of doing things.
Here's what most people do wrong when contemplating a significant change or life improvement. I mean, what most of us try at the beginning of a new year.
1. Looking forward instead of backward
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana
Most people leap into the new year with many resolutions and big plans.
They overlook the past and its lessons by focusing on their goals.
They fail to see what got in their way in the past year.
And they are very likely to repeat mistakes and stumble onto the same things that, what do you know, are still in their way.
You might want to step aside and take a look back. Before setting any new goal, review your year. Try to spot what didn't go according to the plan and why.
Without this reflection exercise, you risk remaining stuck in the same patterns. You will make the same mistakes. And by this time next year, you'll feel at least just as frustrated and discontent as you feel today.
2. Focusing on the dos & ignoring the don'ts
“If you don’t want temptation to follow you, don’t act as if you are interested. “— Richard L. Evans