Skip to Navigation

Have you noticed the mismatch between words and the actions?

We shout Happy New Year from the rooftops, yet privately may look back with regret, and forward with pessimism.

Of course it is natural to regret what is lost or missed out on, and negativity, used well, can be useful (see my post), but if you want to give yourself of really having a Happy New Year it helps to think differently.

Here are my Seven Points for a Happy New Year:

  1. As you look back over the past year, think about what went right for you
  2. Identify one high point in each month so you get a list of 12 high points
  3. Separately, find five things you have done in 2014 that you are proud of
  4. Ask a trusted friend or family member what they think you have achieved during the year
  5. Take time to review all this data and ask yourself what most gives you a sense of enjoyment and achievement
  6. Create a New Year Plan around doing more of what makes you feel good
  7. Train your mind by setting aside time to think purposefully about how to create a Happy Year, practice daily.

Thinking makes it so…

That which we focus on becomes our reality. You will probably find that your mind tends to review the bad stuff like what it sees as failures and shortcomings. Train it to think differently and you’ll start to feel different.

I know that 20014 has been tough on a lot of people. Some will continue to be depressed about it and with luck prove themselves right by continuing to think like that. Others will decide to do something different, change their mindset, and look forward with confidence to a genuinely Happy New Year.

By the way, you can use this at any time of the year to help with focus or motivation. When is New Year anyway? There are several options.

My Best Wishes for 2015, whenever it is for you.

What do you think? Share your thoughts...

Latest from the blog

Personal Calvary, and Chocolate

There are two types of people in the world, I’ve been told; those that can eat a bar of chocolate one piece at a time, and those who don’t even bother trying. The latter group have no brakes, and ‘sharing’ isn’t in their vocabulary (should that be vocadbury?*). There are two types when it comes […]

Continue reading

How to Adjust to Change

Change

Resisting change is not only a waste of time, it also makes it harder to deal with. Following advice from other people is probably not the right way to go either (you can still read this though).

Change can be difficult, but it needn’t be as big a problem as we often make it.

Continue reading

Brief Therapy for Depression

Most depressions can be cured or substantially alleviated yet we still pretend that they can’t. Hand-wringing and attempts at sympathy don’t help, enlightenment and common understanding will. Treatment guidelines are explicit, brief problem-solving talk-therapy is a proven treatment.
We should be accepting and treating depression as the common ailment it is, not shrouding it in mystery and pretending that we don’t know what to do about it.

Continue reading
FREE DOWNLOAD - Get it now.

How to be more Resilient

Get my super-helpful guide '9 Steps to Resilience' absolutely FREE, when you subscribe to my newsletter.

Understand the steps to resilience and you can develop the ability to cope with problems and setbacks with less stress and more confidence.
close-link
%d bloggers like this: