• Janine Green

A Happy New Year?

2020 has been interesting to say the least. OK, let’s be honest, for many people it’s been an utterly shit year that we can’t wait to see the back of.

There’s a lot of hype and talk about how 2021 will be better (vaccine = happiness right?!), but for a lot of people 2021 may prove to be equally as challenging – just because the date changes, it doesn’t mean our circumstances do. The havoc that Covid has reaped doesn’t miraculously disappear to the chimes of Big Ben on Dec 31st – what we have experienced this year, for better and for worse will have long term effects. 2020 has changed us as individuals and as communities, and we have to work out how to adapt to these changes so that we can move forward with purpose.

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions as they’re often not set because we are ready for them, they’re set because they’re what we feel we ‘should’ do (see earlier blog post

about my feelings on ‘should’s’!). A New Year is a handy point in time to bring about change, but that’s all it is. Convenient, easy and as good a reason as any. If you feel like it’s this opportunity that you’ve been waiting for, by all means, go for it. Just make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons and that you’re realistic. Think about what 2020 has taught you, and what you can hold on to to move forward, grow and be happier. And if your sole aim is to make 2021 simply better than 2020, then that’s ace, and hopefully very achievable!

The Christmas break is a time where we can take a bit of a breather and take a break. We can prepare ourselves for what’s ahead. But if you’re not feeling like it’s going to be a Happy New year, then take some time to think about what you might need to make it happier. Think about those things you can control. These might be small things, big things, setting a goal, making a change. Anything, no matter how small, which moves us in a positive direction will increase our sense of purpose and control. And once you master the art of doing this on a micro level, you can move on to bigger things. The trick is to bring some awareness to what you are doing and why, and keeping a track of your progress.

And, obviously, if you want so help with all of this stuff, you know where I am! 10% off all Coaching sessions and programmes booked in Dec, for 2021.

(Image credit Polina Tankilevitch from Pexels)

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