It’s January, and as we nurse the hangover from New Year’s Eve, we naturally consider how we’ll do things differently this trip around the sun.
It’s in the song itself, even if none of us actually knows the words, or what they mean. When we ring in a new year with “Auld Lang Syne”, we’re singing (often without knowing it) a toast to the days gone by. And what better way to change your ways this year, than by peeking at the way you lived out last year?
Try to measure your accomplishments from last year. (Count your failures, too, but don’t dwell on them any longer than necessary to learn from them.) If you wrote ten songs last year, challenge yourself to beat that by writing fifteen songs this year. If you know four chords on your guitar, challenge yourself to learn four new ones this year, and to actually use them!
So many of us make New Year’s Resolutions and then fail to conquer them – check out the second-hand market on exercise equipment come February or March – so only make resolutions that you A) care about, and B) can achieve realistically. By realistically, I’d even go so far as to say make at least one resolution that you can achieve easily, so that you can enjoy progress and motivate yourself to beat the harder ones as well.
It takes commitment, over a period of time, to make a worthwhile change. Twelve months is a great chance to form new habits and notice a lot of difference.
Here’s to 2019!