That means we all say goodbye to the past decade and say hello to another one.
How are you going to mark the occasion?
Will you be writing out a list of New Year’s Resolutions?
Will you be promising that this New Year, and decade, will be different to the last?
Will you just be taking the approach of seeing what each day brings as it arrives?
Let me ask you this one question: If you look back over your past 10 years, how would you rate it on a scale of being happy?
10 being extremely happy for the majority of the time - 1 not being very happy for the majority of the time.
What are the reasons for your score? Were they things you could have changed or not?
I used to be told at school that it was unrealistic to be happy all the time. I guess there is some truth in that, but what about being happy for the majority of the time? I believe that’s realistic and it also allows for those times when you are unwell or have an illness that you are recovering from. It also accounts for those times in your life when things outside of your control happen either to you or around you. For example, a loved one passes away, or you’re made redundant.
In 2015 Fortune Magazine published a study involving 400,000 people in 63 countries around the world. In the study it was found that autonomy and control over one’s life matters more to happiness than money.
How in control of your life do you feel?
Do you feel that you are creating your life or that life is just unfolding around you?
Now look at your score above - how do your answers to these question relate to the score you gave yourself?
If you are looking to make your next decade different to the last one, it’s going to mean doing things differently.
Having different perspectives on things.
And here’s the key - thinking differently.
If you are currently living with any symptoms, whether that’s something outside of you (i.e. going through a divorce, lost interest in your job) or inside of you (i.e. anxiety, asthma, depression, insomnia) then it’s time to do something different. Because your symptoms are just indicating that you are thinking and doing the same things over and over again.
You’ve probably heard the famous quote from Albert Einstein who said: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”
And I’m sure you don’t want to be considered insane, do you?
Now you might be asking how you think differently, if what you’ve been thinking is what you’ve always been thinking (…..now that was a mouthful!)
What works for me is to learn different things, to be exposed to different perspectives and different opinions. I love books for this and there’s another way I get my fix. I attend conferences to hear what other people’s perspectives on things are.
Infact I was in the US twice in December to attend conferences to expand my knowledge and mix with other like-minded people.
So I’d love to tell you about one particular conference that is happening in January that will offer you a whole load of different perspectives on every aspect of your health and wellbeing. It’s the Transformational Conference, being held in Brighton on 11 and 12 January.
I’m delighted that I’ve been invited to present on the Sunday and I’ll be sharing more about how to break the thought patterns that are creating your symptoms.
Here’s the link to find out more about the speakers attending and what to expect.
I really hope you can make it.
Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.
P.S. Did you know that 12th January is the day that most people would have broken their resolutions? So rather than being like the majority, make a commitment that you are going to do something different and start to think differently and what better weekend to do it than 11th/12th January.